Extremely successful British racer Jack Hawksworth has been announced for Bryan Herta Autosport in the IndyCar Series following a strong 2013 in Indy Lights.
Hawksworth is testament to the ‘Road to Indy‘ ladder. Leaving the UK for the states in 2012, the Yorkshireman won the Star Mazda Championship at the first time of asking as well as taking a trio of wins for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in Indy Lights.
This announcement with Bryan Herta Autosport comes after a strong Sebring test for Hawksworth, very much impressing the team: “Quite frankly, Jack really impressed us with a very strong test in Sebring last month. He has had success at every level he has competed in to date and we believe he has the skills to maintain that going into the IndyCar series. Jack is well aware of the level of competition he is stepping into and we look forward to the season ahead,” said Bryan Herta.
Herta will be hoping that the 23-year-old can continue the sizzling form he displayed in the 2010 Formula Renault Winter Series where he claimed pole at every round and won the championship.
“I am absolutely delighted to be racing for Bryan Herta Autosport in the 2014 IndyCar Series,” Hawksworth said. “It has been a dream of mine for many years and I can’t wait to get started. We had a great first test in Sebring that has given us a solid foundation on which to build our campaign. There’s a lot of talent and potential in the No. 98 team. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it and look forward to an exciting year ahead. I have to say a big thank you to Bryan, Steve (Newey), the team and everyone involved for putting their trust in me. I can’t wait to get to work.”
Hawksworth becomes another member of the exclusive Brits in IndyCar club including 2014 entrants Justin Wilson and Mike Conway as well as notable past entrants Dan Wheldon, James Jakes and Dario Franchitti.