Oliver Askew extended his Indy Lights points lead again with a second dominant win at Mid-Ohio.
The Andretti Autosport driver, who will soon be testing an Indycar with Chip Ganassi Racing, was helped by an intense squabble behind for second place between Rinus VeeKay and Toby Sowery.
Askew’s chief title rival VeeKay started second, but failed to attack Askew at the start and an early restart after VeeKay’s Juncos Racing team-mate Dalton Kellett span and caused a caution period.
Within two laps of green flag running, Sowery had used push-to-pass to get ahead of VeeKay, but Askew had already opened up a three second advantage up front.
Askew extended that lead before the end of the race, while Sowery held off VeeKay for second. BN Racing/Team Pelfrey driver Sowery is now up to fourth in the standings, as title outside Robert Megennis retired.
A quiet fourth place finish for Askew and Megennis’s team-mate Ryan Norman means he could come under threat for third in the standings by Sowery soon.
David Malukas was rewarded for his drive to fifth, while Aaron Telitz had to navigate the early caution-causing melee and then a near-immediate second incident to come home a distant sixth.
Race results (30 laps)
|1||Oliver Askew||Andretti Autosport||37m31.3603s|
|2||Toby Sowery||BN Racing/Team Pelfrey||+5.2430s|
|3||Rinus VeeKay||Juncos Racing||+5.8986s|
|4||Ryan Norman||Andretti Autosport||+12.8891s|
|5||David Malukas||BN Racing||+23.5108s|
|6||Aaron Telitz||Belardi Auto Racing||+34.3004s|
|7||Lucas Kohl||Belardi Auto Racing||+35.7661s|
|8||Dalton Kellett||Juncos Racing||+36.2376s|
|Ret||Robert Megennis||Andretti Autosport|
|Fastest lap: Askew, 1m12.5327s
1?Askew 349? ?2?VeeKay 304? ?3?Norman 266? ?4?Sowery 250? ?5 Megennis 249? ?6?Malukas 209? ?7?Kellett 190? ?8?Kohl 179? ?9?Telitz 133? ?10?Zachary Claman DeMelo 124