Jack Hawksworth: “Throughout the race we kept making it better”

Jack Hawksworth (41) and Alex Tagliani (35) - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

Jack Hawksworth felt his #41 AJ Foyt Racing machine was much better than he had been expecting during Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 after claiming a sixteenth place finish.

The British driver had struggled for pace throughout the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but felt the Honda-powered car improved throughout the 500-mile race, and ended up finishing on the lead lap.

Hawksworth now hopes that should he come back in the future for another attack at the legendary race, he’ll be able to qualify higher and have a genuine shot at least a top ten finish.

“I thought the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda was pretty good considering that we missed a lot of practice early on in the month,” said Hawksworth. “Throughout the race we kept making it better, chipping away, chipping away after starting at the back.

“We were able to get ourselves into the top 10. I had a moment coming into the pits in the last stop. So sorry to the guys for that. It cost us some track position. In the end the left rear tire was delaminating (degrading). It was down to the cords so I was hanging on and the car was sliding all over.

“Not a bad day overall considering the circumstances. Hopefully we can come back in the future and prepare to not have the same issues. Being able to start up front and staying up there is key.”