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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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Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick team up again on NBC’s Indy 500 coverage

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Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick will return to NBC Sports’ coverage of the Indianapolis 500, which will be broadcast Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC (green flag at 2:30 p.m.).

Tirico and Patrick, who both joined NBC Sports for its inaugural coverage of the event last year, will reprise their roles as host and studio analyst.

One of the most versatile voices in sports, Tirico also hosts NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage, Football Night in America and many other premier events, including hosting on-site at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year for the first-ever IndyCar-NASCAR crossover weekend.

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He again will be joined during prerace, in-race, and postrace coverage by Patrick, who became the first woman to lead the Indy 500 in 2005 and also was the first female pole-sitter in NASCAR driver.

They will make their debut together duing practice coverage on Aug. 21, on NBCSN.

“My first Indy 500 last year exceeded my very high expectations in every way,” Tirico said in a release. “Although this year’s race will take place under unprecedented circumstances, I can’t wait to get back to Indy. I’m confident that our team at the Brickyard will provide viewers with as exciting a viewing experience as possible. I am also thrilled that Danica Patrick is along for the ride again this year. We had such a great time last May and look forward to bringing Indy home for the viewers again.”

Said Patrick: “The Indianapolis 500 is an event that transcends mainstream and motorsports which is why it’s so special. We are living during a time that if we can bring people together, we should. Even if it’s not physically. I am honored to be back with the NBC Sports team and Mike Tirico. The memories I have from 15 years at IMS hold such a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to make more this year in the booth, or however we are positioned in 2020!”

This will mark NBC Sports’ second season as the exclusive home of the NTT IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, which will take place in August for the first time ever because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.