Jack Hawksworth: “We struggled for pace throughout”

Jack Hawksworth could not repeat his practice pace during the race around the streets of St Petersburg on Sunday, with the AJ Foyt Enterprises driver just missing out on a top-ten finish in eleventh.

The British driver was forced to replace the rear wing of his car after being one of the drivers caught up in the lap fifty-seven ten-car pile-up that was initially caused by a collision between Graham Rahal and Carlos Munoz, and passed Alexander Rossi late on in the race to claim P11.

Hawksworth, who is in his third season of racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series, admitted he had been struggling with the pace of his car throughout the 110-lap race, but was happy to end as high as eleventh after the pit stop for the new rear wing.

“We struggled for pace throughout the race but we were in the ballpark on strategy,” said Hawksworth after the race.

“On that one restart I lost some positions with the congestion in Turn 1, and then it stacked up in front of me in Turn 4 and I had nowhere to go. We had to replace the rear wing, but I’m glad we were able to finish 11th.”