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Davidson to miss WEC Mexico City round through injury

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Anthony Davidson will miss this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round in Mexico City through injury, Toyota has confirmed.

Davidson sustained an injury to his ribs while testing at Magny-Cours in France last month, but traveled to Mexico City with a view to taking full part in the weekend.

However, after taking part in this morning’s test session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Davidson was withdrawn from the remainder of the weekend in a joint decision made between the driver and the team.

“That decision was taken to ensure he is fully recovered in time for the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas on 17 September,” a statement from Toyota reads.

“High temperatures in Austin make it essential for each car to have its full complement of three drivers.”

Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima will share running in the no. 5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid for the remainder of the weekend.

“It is disappointing to come all the way here and then not be able to race but it’s the right decision,” Davidson said.

“I wasn’t comfortable in the car this morning and there is no point to take any risks, especially with Austin coming up. It’s not a problem to race here with two drivers but it would be impossible in Austin due to the high temperatures.

“So I’ll be a frustrated spectator for the rest of the week but I know Seb and Kazuki will do a good job.”

Toyota suffered another setback in the maiden test session on Thursday morning when the no. 6 car sustained a heavy crash at the final corner, breaking the monocoque.

As a result, Toyota will only run the no. 5 car in both FP1 and FP2 before the no. 6 returns for FP3 on Friday.

Provisional Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew ready for IndyCar ride

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Provisional Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew has done nothing but dominate the 2019 season, winning seven of the 16 races run so far and finishing on the podium in all but two of those events.

Now all the 22-year-old Floridian needs to do to formally clinch the 2019 title is simply start the final two races of the season, both of which will be held this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

For Askew, his maiden Indy Lights season will likely be one he’ll never forget. 

“It’s been a dream come true,” Askew told NBC Sports. “Being with the championship-winning team from last year, we had a really good shot at winning it again for Andretti Autosport. It’s very rare that we show up to a track and struggle to find speed. 

“That’s a fantastic feeling, especially as a driver. That gave me a lot of confidence and hopes of holding the million dollar check at the end of the year. That was the goal going into it.”

This weekend, Askew will accomplish said goal. The championship will not only bring him a sense of pride, but also the opportunity of a lifetime. 

As an award for being crowned the Indy Lights champion, Askew will be awarded a scholarship that guarantees him entry into a minimum of three NTT IndyCar Series events next year – including the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. 

Time will only tell which team Askew will race for in IndyCar next season, and whether or not Askew’s rookie campaign will be a full-time or part-time affair, but Askew’s performance during the last few seasons in the Road to Indy system has certainly drawn attention of IndyCar’s top team owners.

In August, Askew had the chance to drive an Indy car for the first time in his career during a test session at Portland International Raceway, driving the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda usually piloted by Scott Dixon.

“It was an opportunity with Chip Ganassi Racing that I was very fortunate to have,” Askew said. “I think with my experience in the past couple of years with Cape Motorsports and this year with Andretti Autosport, going into that test was very helpful.

“Going into the test, it was more of trying to treat it as just another day at the racetrack, when it really wasn’t. It was a fantastic opportunity for me – a great experience – and I hope I can take that into my rookie season next year in IndyCar.” 

The final two races of the 2019 Indy Lights season will take place this weekend on Saturday, September 21 at 6 p.m. ET and Sunday, September 22 at 12:05 p.m. ET. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

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