IndyCar Driver Review: Jack Hawksworth

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MotorSportsTalk continues its 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series driver-by-driver review with a look at English rookie Jack Hawksworth, a quick learner and solid yearlong performer on the single-car Bryan Herta Autosport team.

2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Jack Hawksworth

  • Team: Bryan Herta Autosport
  • 2013: Did Not Participate
  • 2014: 17th Place, Best Finish 3rd, Best Start 2nd, 1 Podium, 1 Top-5, 5 Top-10s, 32 Laps Led, 15.6 Avg. Start, 13.1 Avg. Finish

One of the year’s pleasant surprises, Jack Hawksworth overachieved as a rookie on the single-car Bryan Herta Autosport team, and fought through several elements of adversity along the way.

Hawksworth came out of the box with speed to burn, evidenced by an average qualifying spot of 8.8 in the first six races and three Firestone Fast Six appearances. But it fell off the final 12 races, as the grid average dropped to 19th over the final 12. Overall, 15.6 was the mark, which was only about one spot off fellow rookie Mikhail Aleshin and better than Carlos Huertas.

While the results didn’t pop early, they did later. He was opportunistic to take his sole podium at Houston, and while his Pocono crash set him and the team back, Hawksworth recovered admirably with finishes in each of the final seven races. Perhaps he was more cautious, but for a team needing to bring the car home in one piece, Hawksworth did his job. Showed more than enough to deserve a second chance in 2015.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.