Current IndyCar Lights champion, Oliver Askew has had a whirlwind few years from winning the 2017 USF2000 Championship to being announced as an IndyCar driver for the 2020 Season. I was lucky enough to get to speak to him about about his career so far, his achievments in IndyCar and a sneak peek into his upcoming projects.
Hi Oliver! Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to me. How have you been spending the off-season?
I’ve been trying to find a job for 2021! Staying active is the priority.
What first got you interested in racing?
It happened by accident. Nothing lured me towards it. It was a birthday gift to go out to the kart track when I turned 8 years old. The rest, Is history.
How was the transition from IndyLights to IndyCar?
Not bad! If you can imagine, the IndyCar just does everything better. More grip, better brakes and more horsepower.
You got your very first IndyCar podium in Iowa in July after starting 14th! How did that feel?
Amazing. I live for moments like that, when everything just clicks.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to be a Racecar Driver?
It’s all about connections, having the talent and working harder than everyone else.
What was it like competing in your first Indianapolis 500?
Great aside from not having any fans there. I hope I can compete there again and get the full experience.
Has F1 ever been a long term goal? If not, would you ever race in any other categories?
It’s never been on the radar. My path was always to IndyCar through the Road To Indy.
Do you have any hidden talents you want to share?
I can play guitar and love to surf!
So, without revealing any secrets, what’s your plans for 2021?
Like I said before, the priority is to stay active in something, but the goal is to continue professionally in IndyCar or in a sportscar.
As a fan of Oliver, I wish him all the best in his future endeavours and I’m very excited to see what comes next for him. A special thank you for taking the time to talk to me!