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Oliver Askew will be joining the Formula E grid next year!

The former IndyCar driver will be driving for Avalanche Andretti Autosport alongside Jake Dennis

There have been rumours swirling around for months now that former IndyCar driver Oliver Askew would be joining the Formula E grid. Whilst Askew had initially done very well in IndyCar last year, he ended up having a loss of form due to a concussion and was released by Arrow McLaren SP at the end of the season. Now those rumours have officially been confirmed, as Avalanche Andretti Autosport has confirmed that Askew will be its second driver for the 2021-22 season! This also makes him the first American to drive in a season of the Formula E World Championship. He will partner up with Jake Dennis, who is retaining his seat from last year.

This year, Askew has seen moderate success in sports cars (he raced for Riley Motorsports and Andretti Autosport in LMP3 class in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship) and took part in the last 3 races of the 2021 IndyCar season, driving the third Rahal Letterman Lannigan racing car. His successes in his temporary IndyCar return were very mixed and any chance of a full-time drive with RLL was nixed following the announcement that the team had chosen Christian Lundgaard as its new second driver.

"We’re happy to welcome Oliver back to the Andretti family to round out our Formula E driver lineup," said CEO and chairman of Andretti Autosport Michael Andretti. "We had a lot of success with Oliver back in 2019 when he won the Indy Lights Championship with us, and we’re looking forward to introducing him to Formula E. He's a hard worker and races smart. We're confident he'll apply that to this new opportunity. We’re also pretty excited to be able to field the first full-time American driver in such an exciting, international series."

"I am beyond excited to return home and join Andretti Autosport full time again for the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship," said Askew upon the announcement that he would be joining the team in Formula E. "I consider Andretti Autosport family and to be able to attack this chapter in my career with them means more than words can describe. To have a partner like Avalanche with us could not be a more perfect fit. Being the only confirmed driver to represent the United States in Formula E is something I am very proud of. I look forward to getting to work as soon as possible."

Askew will be a part of Formula E's pre-season testing in Valencia, which takes place later this year. The races will officially get underway on January 28 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

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