Oliver Askew leads field on IMS road course
Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

Cape Motorsports’ Oliver Askew entered the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on a roll and continued it with a victory in Race 1 and the completion of a sweep with a dominant performance in Race 2.

Askew led the field to the green and made it cleanly through Turn 1 without a challenge from fellow front-row starter Kaylen Frederick.

Contact in Turn 2 involving Exclusive Autosport’s Dev Gore, ArmsUp Motorsports’ Bruna Tomaselli and Cape Motorsports’ Ricky Donison brought out a full-course caution on Lap 1.

The caution lasted for three laps and ate up nine minutes of the race’s 30-minute run time.

The resumption of green-flag racing at the beginning of Lap 5 came with 20 minutes to go. Oliver Askew retained the race lead ahead of Rinus VeeKay and Frederick.

Five minutes after the restart, Askew had grown his lead over VeeKay to three seconds while Frederick dropped back, giving up the final podium position to Dakota Dickerson.

With six minutes to go, Askew’s lead had increased to 4.1 seconds while Callan O’Keeffe, who had been running in fifth, dropped out of the top five with Frederick moving back into the lead group. A mechanical issue for O’Keeffe forced him to stop at Turn 7, bringing out the second full-course caution with just over four minutes remaining.

For Askew, the yellow flag eliminated the lead he had built over the nearly 16 minutes of green-flag time.

The race restarted at the conclusion of Lap 16 with just over one minute remaining. Askew led the field to the green and got a big jump coming out of Turn 14, sweeping through Turn 1 without interference from VeeKay in second.

With so little time on the clock, the 17th lap became the race’s last with Askew taking the checkered flag with a 1.2-second advantage over VeeKay.

The victory marks the fifth consecutive for Askew and further increases his championship points lead.

Contact between Robert Megennis and Dickerson on the final lap dropped them out of the top five, promoting Frederick to third. Parker Thompson and Kory Enders completed the group.

Luke Gabin, Megennis, Donison, Lucas Kohl and Dakota Dickerson finished in positions six through 10.

The series will be back in action at Road America for a doubleheader weekend in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series’ KOHLER Grand Prix on June 23–25, 2017.

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