Rising MRTI Stars Martin, Askew to Race With Cape Motorsports in 2017

Mazda Road To Indy


Story courtesy of Racer Magazine

Emerging stars Anthony Martin and Oliver Askew confirmed their promise today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, posting the fastest laps respectively in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, both of which wrapped up two days of testing on the 2.21-mile South Florida road course.

Askew, 20, from Jupiter, Fla., who was quickest in all three USF2000 sessions yesterday, headed the timing charts in two of today's three sessions aboard the No. 3 Cape Motorsports Tatuus-Mazda USF-17. He took advantage of slightly cooler conditions this morning to post the fastest time among the 21 drivers who participated in the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Spring Training test at 1:23.9142, an average speed of 94.811 mph.

A former star in the karting ranks, Askew last year claimed a Team USA Scholarship, following in the footsteps of such acknowledged stars as Jimmy Vasser, Bryan Herta, Buddy Rice and Josef Newgarden. Then, last December, he emerged as the winner of the inaugural Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout, clinching an opportunity to graduate into USF2000 for 2017.

"We picked right up where we left off yesterday and, at the end of the day, we were the only car in the top six that didn’t put new tires on," Askew said. "We’re all getting more knowledgeable about the new car with every change that we make. The Tatuus USF-17 is fantastic. The series has done a great job putting it together and making it user friendly. I didn’t expect the test to go this well so I’m extremely happy and very confident that we’ll be winning races this year.”

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