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Indy Lights: Oliver Askew sweeps both races at Mid-Ohio

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There were two classes of drivers in this weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at Mid-Ohio: Oliver Askew and everyone else.

After leading flag-to-flag in race 1 Saturday afternoon, Askew once again did just that in race 2 on Sunday, leading all 30 laps en route to his sixth victory of the season after starting the race from the pole position.

“I think the more time I spend with these guys at Andretti Autosport, the more time I spend in this car, the better we’re all going to get,” Askew told NBC Sports following his third consecutive victory in Indy Lights competition. “It’s the same for everybody else but I’m trying to work harder than everybody else.

“I have such a great group of people behind me, and that was a really good race, we had really good pace.”

Having not finished outside of the podium since race 1 at Road America in June, Askew now leads Rinus VeeKay in the points standings by 45 points, and continues to race closer and closer to his first Indy Lights championship.

“I think we just got to keep pushing and win races,” Askew said. “That’s all I’m worried about.”

Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while VeeKay finished third. Ryan Norman and David Malukas finished fourth and fifth, respectfully.

The lone caution of the race came out on the first lap, when Robert Megennis and Dalton Kellett made contact, sending both drivers off-track.

The next race on the 2019 Indy Lights schedule takes place on August 24 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Live flag-to-flag coverage of the 75-lap event will air exclusively 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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