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ASKEW WINS GATEWAY, EXTENDS LIGHTS LEAD

(via IndyCar.com)

Oliver Askew put in a calculating drive to claim his seventh victory of the season in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires at World Wide Technology Raceway.

The pilot of the No. 28 Andretti Autosport Dallara IL-15 started on pole, but fell to second at the start as title rival Rinus VeeKay (No. 21 Juncos Racing) took the lead. Despite trailing, Askew lurked in the shadow of the leader as the pair broke away from the rest of the field.

VeeKay maintained the lead for 52 laps before Askew finally moved to the outside line entering Turn 1 to take the lead and set sail to collect his seventh win of the season, crossing the finish line by 6.7890 seconds.

“I think our car was just better,” Askew said. “I understood from the beginning that he had more straight line speed than us, so he was more trimmed out. I knew he was going to lose his tires at the end and he did. He made a mistake and hit the wall. I knew I just had to keep the pressure on and wait for my opportunity.”

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