Jack Hawksworth: “It was an interesting race”


Jack Hawksworth - Credit: Joe Skibinski / IndyCar

Jack Hawksworth just missed out on a top ten finish at Road America after a race of mixed fortunes for the AJ Foyt Racing driver.

The British driver felt he was one of the quickest out there in the early stages but found himself compromised following his first stop that left him behind Spencer Pigot, and then struggled when on the red Firestone tyres and suffered a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

Hawksworth capitalised on the late race caution period to overtake a few drivers to claim eleventh, including championship leader Simon Pagenaud, and equalled his best finish of the season so far.

“It was an interesting race,” reflected Hawksworth. “At the beginning we were one of the fastest cars on the track-the car was absolutely flying and we passed five or six cars and I thought, ‘Oh this is going to be a good day’.

“Unfortunately, we had an issue on the first stop and we came out behind Pigot which messed us up in that second stint. The used reds went away a lot too. We pitted for blacks and they were not that great. We got the new reds on at the end and the car felt good.

“The caution came out right after that so I was able to pick up some positions on the restart and finished 11th. It was an up and down race. I also got a drive through which didn’t help because I was point 1 mph over the pit lane speed which was disappointing but it was an up and down race.”