Askew will get name from previous crew as emergency substitute

Oliver Askew received a late name from former crew Arrow McLaren SP to be the substitute driver for Felix Rosenqvist in Sunday’s IndyCar race at Bell Isle

DETROIT — Oliver Askew, like most race automobile drivers, by no means goes to a observe with out his helmet — one by no means is aware of when a crew would possibly want an emergency driver.

So he was prepared when Arrow McLaren SP wanted a substitute for Felix Rosenqvist on Sunday on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Rosenqvist was hospitalized following a violent crash a day earlier; Askew drove 12 races final 12 months within the No. 7 however was fired on the finish of the season and changed by Rosenqvist.

The one factor he wanted was the remainder of his uniform: Askew was given the Arrow firesuit that Juan Pablo Montoya wore two weeks in the past within the Indianapolis 500 and borrowed a pair of racing sneakers from Alex Palou.

He’ll begin twenty third within the 25-driver subject after Sunday morning’s 10-minute qualifying session marred his first laps within the automobile. Askew had by no means earlier than raced the momentary road course constructed in a downtown Detroit public park, so his qualifying laps had been nothing greater than a reconnaissance mission to refamiliarize himself with the automobile and get a take a look at the bumpy, 2.35-mile, 14-turn circuit.

“There’s nothing like qualifying very first thing within the morning, it beats espresso, for positive,” mentioned Askew, who was on the observe till about 1 a.m. as Arrow McLaren SP repaired Rosenqvist’s automobile for Sunday’s race.

He mentioned he acquired ideas from each teammate Pato O’Ward and Rosenqvist, who was anticipated to be launched from the hospital and probably return to the observe to look at the second race.

Askew was fired on the finish of final season partly as a result of the 24-year-old hid concussion signs following his crash within the Indianapolis 500. He tried to race by the signs and eventually noticed a specialist solely after his efficiency had plummeted.

He’s now searching for a brand new full-time journey.

Josef Newgarden received the twelfth pole of his profession within the qualifying session, which ended abruptly when Santino Ferrucci crashed onerous into the wall. It put Rahal Letterman Lanigan on the clock with roughly 90 minutes to restore the injury earlier than the beginning of the race.

Arrow McLaren SP has been obscure on what triggered Rosenqvist to crash at what the motive force estimated to be 100 mph right into a tire barrier. It appeared his throttle had caught and the impression was so violent, Rosenqvist drove by six rows of tires and bent the retaining wall.

He was hospitalized for analysis however appeared solely to be sore from the impression.

Arrow McLaren SP mentioned solely that an investigation of the crash “eradicated driver error or any points associated to Chevrolet programs and software program, together with involving the throttle system.

“The sequence of occasions has been clearly established and the basis trigger recognized as a singular, nonrecurrent mechanical fault. The treatment has already been applied and the crew is assured that the problem is now totally resolved.”


This story has been corrected to indicate it’s Newgarden’s twelfth profession pole, not seventeenth.


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