Oliver Askew (Andretti Photo).
INDIANAPOLIS – The team announced Wednesday morning that Oliver Asco will return to Avalanche Andretti for his second entry into Formula E in the eighth season of the ABB Formula E World Championship.
Askew will be driving the #28 BMW iFE.021 in the stable driven by Michael Andretti. Askew became the first American driver invited to Season 8, as well as the first American to compete full-time in Formula E.
He already joins advertised Avalanche Andretti driver Jake Dennis to complete the Anglo-American squad.
“We are delighted to welcome Oliver back to the Andretti family to complete our lineup of Formula E drivers,” said Andretti, CEO and Chairman of Andretti Autosport. “We had a lot of success with Oliver in 2019 when he won the Indy Lights championship with us and we look forward to introducing him to Formula E.
Andretti added: “He is a hardworking and intelligent racing worker, and we are confident that he will apply that at this new opportunity.” “We are also very excited to be able to field our first full-time American driver in such an exciting international series.”
The Florida native started karting at the age of eight and quickly rose through the ranks of American and European karting before jumping into cars in 2015.
After winning a Team USA scholarship in 2016, Askew began climbing the path to the Indy ladder, joining and winning the USF 2000 Championship in ’17.
With his championship scholarship, Askew moved into the Indy Pro 2000 championship quickly followed by another step to join the Indy Lights team at Andretti Autosport in 2019.
He racked up seven wins, seven poles and 15 podiums on his way to winning the 2019 Indy Lights Championship with Andretti. Askew made his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut in 2020 where he competed in 12 races and scored one podium.
Recently, the young American registered in both NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMSA started with a win, five places in the top five and six places in the top ten throughout his time on the track in 2021.
“I am very excited to come home and join Andretti Autosport full time again for the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship,” said Asco. “I consider the Andretti Autosport family and being able to attack this chapter in my career with them means more than can be described in words.
“Having a partner with us like Avalanche couldn’t be more appropriate,” Askew said. “Being the only certified US driver in Formula E is something I am very proud of. I look forward to working as soon as possible.”
“Andretti’s first time in Formula E, a full-time American racer to compete in the World Championship,” said team principal Roger Griffiths. “We know Oliver very well from his success with us at the Indy Lights, but now he is facing a completely different challenge; however, from what we have already seen with his work ethic and dedication, we expect great things from him.
“His first chance to prove it will be in Valencia in just a few days, a track where the team has already shown a strong pace in tests in previous years and of course Jake’s victory last season,” added Griffiths.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship brings dramatic racing to the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cities providing the elite motorsport platform for the world’s leading car manufacturers to accelerate automotive innovation.
Formula E is now entering its eighth season, is the world’s leading electric motorsports championship and is the first and only sport to be certified carbon-neutral from the start.
Askew will make his debut with pre-season testing in Valencia starting November 29.
Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship begins on January 28 with the Diriyah Electronic Race in Saudi Arabia.
In seven seasons of Formula E competition, including his time as a BMW team, Andretti has earned eight pole positions, 17 podiums and seven ABB FIA Formula E wins.