Oliver Askew received a late call from former team Arrow McLaren SP to be the replacement driver for Felix Rosenquist at Sunday’s IndyCar race in Bel Isle.
DETROIT — Oliver Esque, like most race car drivers, never goes on the track without his helmet on — no one knows when a team needs an emergency driver.
So he was ready when Arrow McLaren SP needed a replacement Felix Rosenquist On Sunday at the Raceway in Belle Isle Park. Rosenquist was hospitalized after a violent accident one day before; Askew raced 12 last year at No 7 but was fired at the end of the season and replaced by Rosenquist.
The only thing he needed was the rest of his uniform: Esque was given the Arrow firesuit that Juan Pablo Montoya wore to the Indianapolis 500 two weeks earlier and borrowed a pair of racing shoes from Alex Palu.
He married on his first lap in the car, starting in 23rd place in the 25-driver field after a 10-minute qualifying session on Sunday morning. Askew had raced a never-before temporary road course built at a downtown Detroit public park, so his qualifying lap was a time to re-acquaint himself with the car and take a look at the rugged, 2.35-mile, 14-turn circuit. was nothing more than a reconnaissance mission. .
“There’s nothing like qualifying first thing in the morning, it definitely beats coffee,” said Askew, who was on the track until about 1 a.m. as Arrow McLaren SP repaired Rosenquist’s car for Sunday’s race. of.
He said he received suggestions from both teammates Pato O’Ward and Rosenquist, who were expected to be released from the hospital and potentially return to the track to watch another race.
Askew was fired at the end of last season partly because the 24-year-old went into hiding after an accident at the Indianapolis 500. She tried to run through the symptoms and only finally saw a specialist after her performance declined.
He is now looking for a new full time ride.
Joseph Newgarden won the 12th pole of his career in the qualifying season, which ended abruptly when Santino Ferrucci hit a wall. This put Rachel Letterman Lanigan on the clock with about 90 minutes to repair the damage before the start of the race.
Why is Arrow McLaren SP unclear? The driver who estimated 100 mph for the Rosenquist crash In a tire handicap. His throttle appeared to have stuck and the impact was so violent, Rosenquist drove through six rows of tires and twisted the retaining wall.
He was admitted to the hospital for evaluation, but he only appeared distressed by the effects.
Arrow McLaren SP simply stated that the investigation of the crash “eliminates driver error or any issue related to the Chevrolet system and software, including the throttle system.
“The sequence of events has been clearly established and the root cause has been identified as a singular, non-recurring mechanical defect. The remedy has already been implemented and the team is confident that the issue is now fully resolved.” It’s resolved.”
This story has been corrected to show that this is the 12th pole of Newgarden’s career, not the 17th.
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