Cape Motorsports' Askew Sweeps Indianapolis USF2000 Weekend

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Story courtesy of USF2000.com

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The start of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires season has been incredibly successful for Cape Motorsports, as the multi-time USF2000 series champions are off to a massive start. The team has won five of the first six races in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda with their talented rookie driver Oliver Askew, sweeping this past weekend’s event on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to extend the streak. Askew’s teammate Ricky Donison also turned in his best performance of the year, finishing third in Race One before recovering from opening lap contact in Race Two to knife through the field back to eighth. It was a stellar outing overall for Donison, who becomes the first driver from India to podium in MRTI competition.

"We are so proud of everyone’s efforts for the Indy GP,” stated Dominic and Nicholas Cape, post-race. “Oliver was spectacular again and captured his fifth straight victory after another clean sweep. He’s truly an impressive young man. Ricky's performance was remarkable; he's coming on in leaps and bounds. His drive from last place to eighth after contact with Ming, yet again, was truly impressive."

In qualifying for Race One, Askew earned his fourth pole of the year thanks to a new track record time of 1:24.6831 that took advantage of the cooler morning temperatures, while Donison showed his quickest pace of the year with a lap of 1:25.0610 that would put him P3 for the start. Qualifying for Race Two was also held on the Friday, and Askew again topped the chart to secure the inside of the front row, albeit a little slower that his record pace of the morning. Donison was again right in the mix, timing in fourth.

Oliver Askew (#3 Mazda Motorsports/MC Racing-Cape Motorsports): “I definitely didn’t want to see that yellow. I had such a big lead and then to have to regroup and try to figure out how to break away again was tough. I had to make a plan and execute it. Our pace here is fantastic; the Cape team gave me a great car. I tried not to look in my mirrors, especially at the start – I just went to Turn One as deep as I could and tried not to get hit from behind, because that’s the only way that I could get passed. But like I said yesterday, it’s surreal. I’m just living in the present and doing my job the best that I can, and that’s working out. It’s still a steep learning curve, as this is my first full season in cars, but I really appreciate the opportunity from Mazda and the car that the Cape boys have given me. It’s a highlight of the day, seeing them waving their hands and going crazy as I cross the line. It’s so cool to see them and all the fans. I really appreciate their support.

The opening race of the doubleheader on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road required two runs to the line to get the green flag, but Askew made quick work of his competition to pull a quick gap. The caution came out immediately on lap two for an incident in Turn Seven, but Askew handled the restart well and would go on to a 5.2381-second win. Donison ran his best race of the year to cross the line in fourth, and he would be promoted to the podium following a post-race technical DQ.

Race Two was held on Saturday morning, and the start was a carbon copy of Friday’s event with a yellow being displayed early after opening lap contact. Donison was caught up in the seven-car melee, as he was spun from behind in Turn Two. Luckily, he was able to get re-fired and joined the grid at the tail of the field, setting up an impressive charge forward. Askew once again romped away to the race win, although this time he saw a 4.4-second lead vanish with just two laps to go when a car became stranded just inside the apex of Turn Seven. Oliver again managed the restart and held a 1.2488-second advantage at the line. Ricky had climbed back up to ninth through the race and then jumped on the opportunity to move to eighth when a battle for third opened the door for him to slip through on the final lap.

Cape Motorsports, Oliver Askew, Ricky Donison and Anthony Martin will now focus on the next event on the MRTI schedule, which will be held at the end of June in Elkhart Lake, Wis., at the iconic Road America (June 23-25).

Oliver Askew: “Once again my Cape Motorsports-prepared Mazda Scholarship car was on rails, over three tenths quicker than anyone else all weekend. Everyone is working very well together, the system works. I can't thank my team enough for the hard work and expertise they are putting in to win these races.”

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