Jack Hawksworth: “Pagenaud ran into the back of me”

Jack Hawksworth - Credit: Chris Jones / IndyCar

Jack Hawksworth saw his chances of a first top ten finish of the season disappear with just a handful of laps to go around the streets of Toronto as the AJ Foyt Racing driver ended his afternoon in the turn five wall on Sunday.

The British driver was running in ninth position and was battling hard with a number of drivers around him when Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud clipped the rear of his Foyt car heading into the turn, and with his brakes already fading he was unable to avoid the tyre wall, breaking his suspension in the accident and ending his afternoon.

Hawksworth was disappointed to see his race come to an end like that as another promising afternoon came to nothing for the Briton.

“Very difficult,” said Hawksworth of his afternoon. “We weren’t very good on the reds but we were okay on the blacks and we were running up there at the end.

“The brakes started to go away and we lost a little bit of performance. Then in the last five laps I didn’t have any front brakes and was just about hanging on, and then Pagenaud ran into the back of me and that was it. I can’t believe it really. It is what it is.”