A weekend that started so promisingly for Jack Hawksworth ended up disappointing as the British driver finished the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park down in nineteenth position on Sunday.
Hawksworth had been one of the fastest drivers throughout Friday practice, and although qualifying only fourteenth, he had high hopes heading into the race of a good result only to see things not go his way from the earliest moments of the afternoon.
The AJ Foyt Enterprises driver saw his afternoon compromised early when he was the innocent party of a start line clash between Carlos Munoz and Mikhail Aleshin that dropped him from his starting position to the back of the field, and then struggled for pace towards the end of the race that saw him get hit by Aleshin to cost him valuable time and positions.
“We didn’t get a good start because (Mikhail) Aleshin got hit [by Carlos Munoz] and spun in front of us and I had to go off track to miss him,” said Hawksworth. “They sent all of us to the back.
“On the reds, the car had a lot of understeer. We went to blacks on the third stint, and it was OK and we saved a lot of fuel. We had to go to used blacks on the last stint and it wasn’t very good.
“I got hit by Aleshin at the end (lost four positions) and that was it.”