Jack Hawksworth: “Nothing really worked out”

Jack Hawksworth leads team-mate Takuma Sato at Watkins Glen - Credit: Bret Kelley / IndyCar

Jack Hawksworth felt that he had a good car at the Watkins Glen International but circumstances prevented the British racer from claiming his first Verizon IndyCar Series top ten finish of the season.

The AJ Foyt Racing driver rued losing time with a mistake early on that cost him valuable time, but also in some of his pit stops, while the fuel saving mode in the final stage of the race saw him finish down in sixteenth position.

Hawksworth admitted he would have preferred to have followed the lead of team-mate Takuma Sato and jumping into the pits for a top up of fuel to enable him to push until the chequered flag rather than conserved fuel, feeling he may have finished higher up than his final position.

“The car was really good and I was very happy with the car the whole race especially with the black (tyres),” said Hawksworth. “I wish I could have done Takuma’s strategy and pushed. That would have been a lot of fun.

“The guys did a nice job with the car – it was fast all weekend. I made a mistake on the second lap and lost a couple positions and then we had some issues with the stops. A shame about the result, nothing really worked out.”