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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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Indy Lights: Kyle Kirkwood joins Andretti Autosport

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One of the Road to Indy’s most talented young drivers will climb another step up the development system ladder this season.

Kyle Kirkwood, the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 champion, has signed a contract to race for Andretti Autosport in the 2020 Indy Lights season. Kirkwood will drive the No. 28 car for the reigning championship team.

A native of Jupiter, Florida, 21-year-old Kirkwood has been incredibly successful in junior formulas over the last few years. He won the F4 US Championship 2017 and won both the F3 Americas and USF2000 titles in 2018.

Driving for RP Motorsport Racing, Kirkwood won 9 of 16 races in his maiden Indy Pro 2000 season last year, allowing him to win his fourth championship in three years and earn the Road to Indy scholarship.

“We are very excited about the addition of Kyle to our Indy Lights program,” Andretti Autosport CEO and Chairman Michael Andretti said. “We’ve followed Kyle’s career from when he started in 2018 with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and have been impressed with his success in every race that led to his Indy Pro 2000 Championship last year. As a championship-caliber team, Kyle displays the desire and talent that we look for in our drivers and are excited to see him hit the track for the 2020 Indy Lights season.”

Kirkwood previously drove for Andretti in a two-day test session at Sebring International Raceway in December. He will make his official debut for the team in the season-opening doubleheader at St. Petersburg on March 14-15.

“I am ecstatic that I can now say I am competing in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport this season,” Kirkwood said. “They have established a winning program in Indy Lights and we plan on carrying that reputation throughout 2020.

“We are a fantastic match for each other and our Sebring test in December proved that.”

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