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Helio Castroneves to replace ‘unfit’ Oliver Askew at Indy

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Helio Castroneves at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Photo: Ted Fleming | Speedway Tribune

Arrow McLaren SP announced that Helio Castroneves would sit in for Oliver Askew for the Harvest GP at Indianapolis

Oliver Askew has withdrawn from the INDYCAR Harvest GP doubleheader at the Indianapolis Road Course on Oct. 2-3. After completing the second race at Mid-Ohio, the 23-year old complained of a balance and coordination problem. He finished P15 in that event. Examined by the series medical team, he no longer has medical clearance to race. Arrow McLaren SP has called on Helio Castroneves to fill in.

“This was an incredibly tough call, but I have to follow the advice of the IndyCar Medical Team and my doctors,” said Askew in a team release. “My priority right now is focusing on my health.”

Askew said that he would be at Indy, “giving whatever insight and support to Arrow McLaren SP” that he can. A native of Jupiter, FL, he is in his rookie campaign scoring his first podium finish in the first race of a twin-bill at Iowa Speedway.

The popular Castroneves will be making just his second and third starts of the season in the INDYCAR Harvest GP. His only other race was in the Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske, finishing P11. A veteran of 24-years in the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) and IndyCar, he has 30 victories, 93 podiums, and 51 poles.

The 45-year old Brazilian has said he would like to return to full-time racing in 2021, according to Autosport. This year he has been competing in the Weathertech SportsCar Championship for Acura Team Penske. He has two victories in five starts, including three poles. Acura and Team Penske have already announced their partnership will dissolve after the November’s final round.

Castroneves last raced on a road course in IndyCar in 2019. The last time he was in a single-seater for a team other than Team Penske was when he was in CART in 1999.

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