Rookie Oliver Askew won his fourth straight race of the season Saturday in the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Oval Challenge of St. Louis at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Askew passed fellow rookie Rinus VeeKay with 23 laps remaining and drove away to the win beating VeeKay by 6.7890 seconds. Rookie David Malukas finished third, Ryan Norman was fourth and Robert Megennis wound up fifth in the eight-car field.
Knowing he’s got a fast car when it comes to race time has given Askew confidence every time he hits the track.
“I feel super calm about the whole situation,” he said. “We’re quick every weekend. I know we’re going to have a shot at it. We’re taking every opportunity as it come.”
And it came on Saturday as Askew, who started on the pole, didn’t feel pressured even when VeeKay, who began second, passed Askew on the outside in Turn 2 on the first lap.
Askew just had to sit back and wait until VeeKay made a mistake, which he did working lap 52. VeeKay smacked the outside wall in Turn 2 allowing Askew to eventually make a move to the front.
“It was quite a hit,” VeeKay said. “I was actually surprised by the balance. You didn’t know what to expect all the time (with how the car was handling). But the wall made me turn. Then I got a little loose in three and four and he got around me. That’s when I really lost him.
“I just made sure I brought the car home in p2 (second place). There was nothing more.”
As for Malukas, he did everything to keep Askew and VeeKay in sight before settling for third, 7.1955 seconds behind Askew.
“I think the car was set up for the end of the race,” Malukas said. “I was trying to keep up with them. About halfway through the race, the car kicked in and got going.”