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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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WATCH LIVE: IndyCar practice and qualifying at Laguna Seca

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For the first time in 15 years, Indy cars will be racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and the stakes have never been higher.

Tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Monterey is the final race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, and with four drivers mathematically eligible for the series championship, there will be plenty of story lines to follow.

Current series points leader Josef Newgarden enters this weekend with a 41-point lead over second-place Alexander Rossi.

A California native, Rossi attended his first IndyCar race with his father as child at Laguna Seca when he was three years old.

He now hopes to win his first IndyCar championship at the track where he fell in love with the sport, but after suffering a broken bolt in practice 1 yesterday, he will need to find speed in P3 and qualifying today in order to put himself in the best position to fight for the title.

Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon are also in contention to win the championship this weekend, and another title would only add to their already illustrious IndyCar careers.

Leigh Diffey, Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell will call today’s on-track action from the booth, while Marty Snider, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller will report from the pits.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday 9/21, 1 p.m. ET, IndyCar Practice 3, NBC Sports Gold 

Saturday 9/21, 4:30 p.m. ET, IndyCar Qualifying, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold

Saturday 9/21, 6 p.m. ET, Indy Lights Race 1, NBC Sports Gold 

 

For sessions on NBC Sports Gold, be sure to have your username and password handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.