PORTLAND, Ore – Oliver Askew had a dream start to his weekend in Pro Mazda competition at the Portland International Raceway. Askew, started second for Race No. 1 of the Pro Mazda Portland Grand Prix but the American passed pole sitter Rinus VeeKay on the opening lap and led all 30 laps en route to his first victory of his career.
Askew, ran all 14 races in the USF2000 Series last year and won seven races to go along with 12 podiums and 13 top fives. He won the title and graduated up to the Pro Mazda Series for 2018. He had seven top five finishes in his first 14 races of the year before winning in his No. 3 Mazda on Saturday afternoon.
VeeKay, would run second to Askew the whole way and would clinch a spot in the Indy Lights Series next season. The Juncos Racing driver is also a rookie in the series this season and had a stellar year in USF2000 in 2017. This year, he opened the season off with a weekend sweep of wins in St. Pete and has finished the year just as strong. His five race win streak came to an end of Saturday but he still finished runner-up in his No. 2 Mazda for his ninth podium finish in 2018.
He now has a scholarship to move up to the next step of the ladder next year.
Parker Thompson brought his No. 90 Mazda home third on Saturday for his first podium finish in the last eight races. David Malukas and Robert Megennis rounded out the top five in a caution free race.
Race No. 1 Results
- 3 Askew R
- 2 VeeKay R
- 90 Thompson R
- 78 Malukas R
- 9 Megennis R
- 82 Robb
- 8 Lastochkin
- 12 de la Vara R OUT