Andretti Autosport Mid-Ohio Race 2 Report
 July 29, 2019| 
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Andretti R2 MO 2019
COOPER TIRES GRAND PRIX OF MID-OHIO RACE 2
RACE 2 REPORT
07.28.2019

 

Sunday rounded out a picture perfect weekend for American rookie, Oliver Askew. Askew captured the pole position for each of the doubleheader races, setting a new track record along the way. He backed up those pole positions with a two wins at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. With his sweep of the weekend, Askew has now extended his championship lead to 45 points ahead of second place Rinus VeeKay.

Robert Megennis had an action-packed Race 2 after making brief contact with Dalton Kellett on the opening lap in Turn 1 for the race's only yellow flag, which pushed the No. 27 Cybersecurity car off track. Megennis rejoined the field in seventh, after starting fourth, and battled the next few laps with Aaron Telitz. Megennis and Telitz continued to battle before contact was made between the two cars leading to front suspension and front wing damage for Megennis, causing him to go four laps down.

Ryan Norman ran a steady and clean race in fourth, after making up two positions on the start. Norman heads to the next Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires event at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway as the defending winner.

 

No. 28 INDEX INVEST DALLARA
  • STARTED 1st // FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (349 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Led every lap of the 30-lap Race 2 // Captured his sixth win of the 2019 season // Holds 12 podiums in 13 races
      "The more time I spend with the team at Andretti Autosport and the more time I spend in this car, the more comfortable I get. Everybody else is in the position but I try to work harder than them. I can’t thank every one enough for giving me the opportunity to be here. Thank you to Invest Index, Stellrecht Company, Andretti Autosport, Bell Helmets, Sparco USA and everyone watching at the NBC Gold broadcast at home. I have such a great group of people behind me. That was a really great race and we had really good pace."

       

      No. 48 THREE CHORD DALLARA
      • STARTED 6th // FINISHED 4th
      • CHAMPIONSHIP: 3rd (266 pts.)
      • OF NOTE: Maintains third place in the championship and heads to Gateway as the defending winner
          "We made up a few spots in Turn 1 on Lap 1 after that first incident. We kind of fell off at the middle of the race and had a little too much push in the car. I knew I was still going to gain some points at third in championship so I kind of played it safe and clean from that point on. I am really excited to get to Gateway. We won there last year and hope repeat again. We will keep on pushing each race weekend and hope to bring home more wins."

           

          No. 27 CYBERSECURITY DALLARA
          • STARTED 4th // FINISHED9th
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (249 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: Made contact on Lap 1, pushing him off track // Made contact later with Aaron Telitz in Turn 4 that led to front wing and suspension damage
              "Little bit of a disappointing race today. I got hit by Dalton (Kellett) in Turn 1 then a few laps later after the restart I got hit by Aaron (Telitz). Andretti Autosport gave me a great car and from that point on we were able to put down some quick lap times. I know we will be strong on the road courses for the rest of the year and I am excited to get to Gateway."

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