Arrow McLaren SP announced today that Oliver Askew will leave the team at the end of 2020. In the meantime, Askew will be able to pursue new opportunities for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, and will compete for the team at the Grand Prix of St Petersburg, subject to him being declared fit to race by the INDYCAR medical authorities.
“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,” said Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt. “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.”
“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 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.”
News about the 2021 driver lineup for Arrow McLaren SP will be shared in due course.