The 2019 Indy Lights champion has had a fluctuating career in IndyCar since making his series appearance in 2020. Although he captured a podium in Iowa with the Arrow McLaren SP, at the same year’s Indinapolis 500 he is was involved in a violent accident.
Askew was then the author of an impressive comeback last October for the final race in St. Petersburg, but despite this appearance he was unable to secure a full time contract for 2021.
However, when his replacement in Arrow McLaren SP, Felix Rosenqvist, went violently against the barriers during the first race in Detroit, Askew did not at all disfigure driving the Dallara even if for the appointment of Road America the top of the team they preferred to entrust the car to Kevin Magnussen thus allowing the former F1 to make its debut in IndyCar.
A lifeline was thrown by the Ed Carpenter Racing team who called Askew to replace Rinus VeeKay who injured his collarbone in a bike accident.
Askew, despite a small flaw in qualifying, impressed in the race finishing in twelfth position. Now, after testing a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car at Barber Motorsports Park, Askew will have the chance to take part in the last three races of the season in Portland, Laguna Seca and Long Beach.
“Racing the last few races of the championship with a team as competitive as Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is a fantastic opportunity. We had a very productive test in Barder a few weeks ago and I’m thrilled to be driving this team’s car again ”.
“I believe we can achieve great results together and I can’t wait to get to work”.
In addition to the incredible debut performance obtained by Christian Lundgaard on the Indianapolis road, the # 45 car that will be entrusted to Askew also performed well with Santino Ferrucci.
Bobby Rahal, co-owner of the team, confirmed that the team will field three full-time cars in 2022. Jack Harvey is expected to be confirmed as Graham Rahal’s partner, while there are many rumors about the third driver.
According to rumors, Takuma Sato could be the main suspect, but Askew suggests that these last three races with the team should be seen as a test to evaluate his candidacy as well.