Askew obtains ECR order for Road America
Ed Carpenter Racing will use Oliver Askew’s talents this weekend at Road America in the # 21 Chevy. The car’s regular driver, Rinus VeeKay, suffered a broken collarbone on Monday while riding a bicycle and underwent successful surgery to repair the fractured bone on Tuesday afternoon.
“First of all, I hope Rinus is doing well and recovers quickly,” said Askew, who beat VeeKay to win the 2019 Indy Lights Championship.
“I’m grateful that Ed and his ECR team trust me to pick up the # 21 Chevrolet this weekend. They have a strong program and I look forward to helping them in any way I can at Road America. “
This is the second race in a row that Askew’s services as a substitute for the NTT IndyCar Series have been requested. The former Arrow McLaren SP driver was also recruited to drive Felix Rosenqvist’s No.7 Chevrolet AMSP on Sunday after the Swede suffered a heavy crash in Saturday’s race in Detroit.
The timing is unfortunate for VeeKay, who is mounting a serious title offer in his second season. With a victory at the Indianapolis Grand Prix in May, a podium on Saturday in Detroit and six top 10s in eight races, VeeKay holds fifth place in the championship ahead of Road America. He will fall back in the standings due to his absence from the Wisconsin road circuit, and has two weeks after the event to heal and possibly compete in the July 4 race in Mid-Ohio.
Known as one of the most physically demanding races on the calendar, Mid-Ohio would be a serious test for VeeKay’s recovery. If he can’t make it to Mid-Ohio, a return to the next Nashville street race scheduled for Aug. 4 would give the 20-year-old more than six weeks to recover and recover.