Jack Hawksworth‘s month of May continues to be frustrating for the British driver after an engine failure during Monday’s practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway curtailed his session earlier than he had hoped.
The AJ Foyt Racing driver will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 from the back row, but caused a stoppage during practice with smoke and flames coming from his engine, with Hawksworth stopping on the grass and jumping out of the #41 machine to allow the safety team to recover the stricken car.
Hawksworth will now have to fit a new Honda engine ahead of Friday’s one-hour Carb Day practice session ahead of Sunday’s 500-mile race, and he admitted that he was happy with how the car was feeling on track before the issue on Monday.
“We’ve had our fair share of setbacks these past two weeks,” said Hawksworth, who was twenty-seventh fastest out of the thirty three runners on Monday. “This is the cherry on top of the cake. We’ll obviously have to change the engine.
“I was pretty happy with the car today. Now we need to get miles on the new engine on Carb Day. That’s important to break it in before Sunday. Then we reset and go to the Indy 500.”