Indy Lights front-runner Jack Hawksworth will test an IndyCar for the first time later this month with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL).
The 2012 Star Mazda champion, who currently lies fourth in the Firestone Indy Lights standings with three victories to his name, will run a 650bhp IndyCar at Sebring International Raceway on September 17.
The 22 year old BRDC SuperStar sees the test as the perfect opportunity to stake his claim to step up to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2014.
“I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of an IndyCar!” enthused Hawksworth. “I have been working towards this moment since the day I first jumped into a go-kart many years ago, and I feel ready to use all those years of experience now at the highest level.
“Looking further ahead to 2014, I would obviously love to be in an IndyCar seat, and if that happens, my aim will be the same as it has always been – to maximise my potential and that of the team and score as many points as possible. My goal isn’t simply to compete in IndyCar, it is to ultimately win IndyCar races and championships – and I know without any doubt that I can.”
“We are pleased to work with Jack on his first test in an IndyCar and happy that he came to RLL for this monumental experience,” commented RLL co-owner Bobby Rahal.
“We have watched Jack from afar in Indy Lights; he is obviously a proven winner there, and there is no reason to think that he couldn’t be competitive in IndyCar and be a future winner there as well. We are anxious to put Jack in the car at Sebring and see how he does.”