Oliver Askew will make his Formula E debut with the Andretti Formula E squad for Season 8.
The American driver raced with the Andretti stable to the 2019 Indy Lights championship, and moved up to the main IndyCar series with Arrow McLaren SP in 2020.
Though he switched to arrow McLaren in IndyCar, Askew continued to race with Andretti in Sportscars, and sees the return to single-seaters with the team as “returning home”.
“I am beyond excited to return home and join Andretti Autosport full time again for the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E championship,” he said. “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.”
While the US might be well represented in the FE paddock in terms of teams – with both Andretti and Penske, through Dragon Racing, present – the series hasn’t had an American driver since the inaugural season.
In 2015, Scott Speed raced with Andretti for four races, picking up a podium in his debut race before a DNF and two non-points finishes.
Andretti is optimistic the first full-time American racer in the series should fare better, and hope to recreate the 2019 success.
“We’re happy to welcome Oliver back to the Andretti family to round out our Formula E line up,” said Andretti Autosport CEO 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.”
Team principal Rodger Griffiths added: “We know Oliver well from his success with us in Indy Lights but now he tackles a very 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 demonstrate this will be in Valencia in just a few days’ time, a track where the team already has shown strong pace in testing in previous years and of course Jake’s win last season!”
Askew joins the already confirmed Jake Dennis at the team, replacing Maximilian Guenther who joins Nissan e.dams alongside Sebastien Buemi.
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