Andretti Autosport WWTR Race Report
 August 25, 2019| 
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COOPER TIRE INDY LIGHTS OVAL CHALLENGE OF ST. LOUIS
RACE REPORT
08.24.2019

 

The checkered flag has officially dropped on the final oval of the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. Going two for two on ovals this season, Oliver Askew took home the win at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Askew, who won the only other oval on the schedule [the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway], ran in second for the first half of the race behind Rinus VeeKay only to make a pass for the lead on Lap 53 and sail home to victory.

Veteran Ryan Norman, who won his first-career Indy Lights race at Gateway in 2018, capped off the final oval race with a strong fourth place finish.

After a difficult qualifying session, rookie Robert Megennis charged from seventh to fifth, his best oval finish. The Andretti Autosport Indy Lights team heads straight to Portland International Raceway next weekend for Rounds 15 and 16 at the 1.964-mile road course.

 

No. 28 INDEX INVEST DALLARA
    • STARTED 1st // FINISHED 1st
    • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (395 pts.)
    • OF NOTE: With today's win at Gateway, the rookie driver sweeps both oval races of the season//Extends championship lead to 52 points over second place Rinus VeeKay // Earned his seventh career Indy Lights win
        "I think our car was just better [than VeeKay]. I understood from the beginning that he had more straight-line speed than us and was more trimmed out, so I knew he was going to lose his tires at the end – and he did. I just had to keep the pressure on and wait for my opportunity. A big thanks to everybody at Index Invest, Andretti Autosport, and the Stellrecht Company."

         

        No. 48 THREE CHORD DALLARA
          • STARTED 3rd // FINISHED 4th
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 3rd (295 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: Battled for the third spot on the podium with David Malukas all race long before ultimately finishing fourth
              "Overall it was an alright race. We had good pace at the beginning then it just became too loose throughout the race – I wasn’t even flat through Turns 3 and 4. Really at that point, we just tried to bring it home. We finished ahead of the people we need to for the championship and to build a gap. We’ll just keep on moving through the rest of the year."

               

              No. 27 CYBERSECURITY DALLARA
              • STARTED 7th // FINISHED 5th
              • CHAMPIONSHIP: 4th (275 pts.)
              • OF NOTE: Advanced two spots from starting position after battling with Toby Sowery and Dalton Kellett in the first half of the race//Moved up to fourth in championship standings, 20 points behind third place
                  "Overall, I thought it was a pretty solid race – we went from seventh to fifth. We added a bunch of downforce into our car for the race, knowing how far back we were starting. I think it paid off. I was able to get around some cars and challenge for fourth and third. On our own, I think we struggled a little bit because we didn’t have the straight-line speed. But Andretti Autosport gave me a great car. We did what we could with what we had. Thanks to them and thanks to all my partners for a good weekend."

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