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Indy Lights: Oliver Askew leads flag-to-flag to win at Mid-Ohio

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Oliver Askew stole the show in Saturday’s Indy Lights race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, starting from the pole and leading all 30 laps en route to his fifth victory of the season.

“The car was really good,” Askew told NBC Sports following his victory. “Big day for us, and a big points day too.”

Askew, who currently holds a 35-point lead over Rinus VeeKay in the standings, has established himself not only as the top dog of the Indy Lights series, but also as a prime candidate for an IndyCar ride next season. The 22-year-old Floridan will test for Chip Ganassi Racing at Portland International Raceway on August 7.

Should Askew win the 2019 Indy Lights title, he will receive a $1 million prize that guarantees at least three NTT IndyCar Series starts next season – including the Indianapolis 500.

Ryan Norman finished the race in the second position, while VeeKay, who will also test at Portland on August 7 for Ed Carpenter Racing, finished third.

The lone caution of the race came out on lap 11 when Toby Sowery went off-course in Turn 12, hitting the tire barrier. Sowery walked away without a scratch, but his car suffered damage, ending his race.

The Indy Lights competitors will return to action tomorrow afternoon, with Race #2 beginning at 12:45 p.m. ET 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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