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Indy Lights: Oliver Askew wins in Toronto after leaders collide

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Sometimes, you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

For Oliver Askew, that phrase couldn’t have been more true Sunday morning.

The Indy Lights series points leader was running in third position behind Aaron Telitz and Rinus Veekay in the second race of a double header on the streets of Toronto when Veekay attempted to pass Telitz for the lead in Turn 3 with 15 laps remaining.

However, Veekay’s attempt failed, sending both drivers into the tire barrier, and Askew was able to pass both of them and lead the remainder of the race en route to his fourth race victory of the season.

“I had a feeling that was going to happen,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “Once those two started battling, I just had a feeling that something was going to happen, and it’s unlucky for them but that’s what happens.”

It was a great race for Askew points wise as well, as he leaves Toronto with a 25-point lead over Veekay in the standings.

Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position while local favorite Dalton Kellett finished third for his first podium of the season.

As for Telitz and Veekay? They finished sixth and ninth, respectively.

Indy Lights now heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for a double header scheduled for Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.