Andretti Autosport Race One Report
 September 22, 2019| 
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COOPER TIRES INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF LAGUNA SECA RACE 1
RACE 1 REPORT
09.21.2019
 
As the checkered flag waved over the penultimate Indy Lights race of the 2019 season, Oliver Askew was delivered the honors of Indy Lights Champion earning a scholarship to compete in at least three events in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, including the Indianapolis 500.

Tomorrow will mark the final round of competition for Andretti Indy Lights trio this season. Tune in to NBC Sports Gold at 12:10 p.m. ET to catch the racing action from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
 

No. 27 CYBERSECURITY DALLARA
  • STARTED 4th//FINISHED 3rd
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (336 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Earned his sixth-career Indy Lights podium finish after holding off teammate Oliver Askew to maintain position // Earned a fourth-place starting position for tomorrow's final event
      "I feel great. We had a really good start, got up to third and then just maintained the position. I made a couple mistakes here and there, Oliver [Askew] definitely put me under pressure. But I drove pretty well, and the car drove really well and we ended up getting another podium out of the run. I'm super happy. Congrats to Oliver and the team on their championship - that's huge. The goal is to come back and do it again next year."

       

      No. 28 INDEX INVEST DALLARA
      • STARTED 3rd//FINISHED 4th
      • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (461 pts.)
      • OF NOTE: Clinched his first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship // Takes the green flag for tomorrow's season finale from the second position
          "[The championship] is really starting to sink in. I'm really happy to be a part of this [Andretti Autosport]. They're back-to-back Champions in Indy Lights and I feel really fortunate to be driving for them this year. This is what we've worked for all year. I'm very happy to be in this position and I can't wait to celebrate with my team!"

           

          No. 48 THREE CHORD DALLARA
          • STARTED 7th//FINISHED 7th
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 4th (342 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: Made his 50th-career Indy Lights start today as he took the green flag // Will start tomorrow's race from the fifth position
              "We're really struggling this weekend. The first half of the race we had so much push I couldn't really roll any speed through the corners. As the run came on, the car was starting to come to me which is why we were starting to catch Dalton [Kellett]. This place is so hard to pass, so even though we were faster and had some good runs, it's just too difficult to pass. Tomorrow we'll be looking forward to getting a really good start and hopefully make up our spots on the first lap or look for some of the guys ahead of us to make some mistakes, because that is the only spot we're going to be able to pass. Hopefully we'll be able to end it on a strong note tomorrow."

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