Jack Hawksworth: “I thought we were ok this afternoon”

Jack Hawksworth - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

Jack Hawksworth was happier with the performance of his car in qualifying trim than he had been during practice earlier in the day, but still felt there was time to be found with his #41 AJ Foyt Racing machine.

The British driver qualified fourteenth at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, just behind his Japanese team-mate Takuma Sato, but felt there was too much understeer on his car that possibly cost him some lap time, but is hopeful the car can be made to be stronger in race conditions when the race gets underway on Sunday afternoon.

“[It was an] interesting qualifying,” said Hawksworth. “I thought we were ok this afternoon compared to this morning when we were a bit weak in qualifying trim.

“They changed some bits and pieces and it was where we were at the test in terms of feeling which I liked. We had too much understeer in the car and too much scrub in our run, which probably hurt us a little bit but the good thing is we got the feeling back with the rear, which I had at the test.

“Hopefully we can put that into the race car and do some more work tonight.”