Oliver Askew was introduced to karting at the age of 8 and immediately showed an aptitude and love for speed. The future star developed his skills at Palm Beach International Raceway (then Moroso Motorsports Park), where he was discovered in 2010 by elite karting program Ocala Gran Prix. With sponsorship and support as well as an intensive racing program, the OGP experience was instrumental in his development as a young driver and prepared him to win numerous regional and national championships through 2014.
Askew joined PSL Karting and KMS Europe in 2015 as he continued to win championships in both Europe and in the United States, including the BNL Championship in Belgium and the US Open Title. At the end of 2015, he made the switch from karts to cars and competed in the final two events of the Formula China Masters F3 series in Zhuhai and Shanghai, China, capturing two podium finishes and four top-10 finishes in six races.
In 2016, Askew earned the prestigious Team USA Scholarship and competed in the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy in England against Formula Ford racers from around the world. Askew finished on the podium in two of three races in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and placed second in the Walter Hayes Trophy in a rain-soaked finale at Silverstone. The Team USA Scholarship earned him an invite to the inaugural Mazda Road to Indy $200k Scholarship Shootout at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in December, where Askew defeated junior formula champions from around the world for a ride in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.
In his first full season of car racing, Askew claimed the USF2000 Championship with Cape Motorsports, earning his second Mazda scholarship and the chance to race in the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Continuing with Cape Motorsports, Askew finished a strong third place in the series with a victory and a third-place finish in the season finale at Portland. Capturing three pole positions and setting three new series track records, Askew was the only driver to finish all 16 races and complete every lap of the season (492).
Currently contesting the final rung on the Road to Indy Ladder, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series, with 2018 champions Andretti Autosport, Askew has claimed three victories including the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, held in conjunction with the Indianapolis 500.
Born December 12, 1996 Melbourne, Fla., Askew was raised in Jupiter, Fla. He is of Swedish descent on his mother Pernilla's side. Away from racing, Oliver enjoys training, surfing, and playing guitar.