Jack Hawksworth: “It was a very tough weekend”

Jack Hawksworth endured a difficult weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway, finishing down in nineteenth after a frustrating race around the one-mile oval on Saturday evening, four laps down on race winner Scott Dixon.

Problems during pit stops and a car issue during the second stint saw the AJ Foyt Enterprises driver drop out of contention for a good result, but the Briton still managed to bring the car home, and hopes for better luck in the forthcoming events around the streets of Long Beach and at the road circuit of Barber Motorsports Park.

“It was a very tough weekend,” revealed Hawksworth. “I didn’t make a very good start but the car was OK in the first stint. We were able to hang in and run the pace even though we couldn’t get close to the cars ahead so couldn’t make up much ground.

“We had an issue in the second stint so we had to pit early. We tried to fight back but then we had an issue on the last stop. It was just a tough, tough weekend.

“We made the car better but we just have to put this one behind us and learn from it. We go to two circuits that we know we have a good car and we’re strong at so we’ll focus on Long Beach and Barber and be competitive there.”