Arrow McLaren SP announced on Monday afternoon that Oliver Askew who drives the No.7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in the NTT IndyCar Series will leave the team at the end of the 2020 season.
In a press release issued by the team they said that Askew, who made his debut in the series this year is free to explore or NTT IndyCar Series options for 2021.
Speaking about the news,team co owner Sam Schmidt commented saying:
We believe that Oliver has a great deal of talent and potential for the future. He has had an incredibly difficult rookie year, with a lack of overall track time and recent medical issues. “We want to give Oliver the time to pursue new opportunities for 2021 and the ability to race at St Pete. Come the end of the year, we will wish Oliver the very best in all of his future endeavors and he will always be a friend of the team.”
Askew who has missed the last two races due to concussion like symptoms has scored a podium in Iowa earlier this season commented saying:
It’s been a steep learning curve this year but I appreciate all of the experience I have gotten with Arrow McLaren SP. I’ve certainly had to develop very quickly as a driver and I know I have shown my speed and capability when able to this season. However, I think it makes sense to pursue the next chapter of my career outside the team,” said Oliver Askew. “I am grateful for all the support I’ve received from my crew, the team and all the fans. I wish the entire team well in the future.
Askew will compete in the season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on October 25 if passed fit to do so.