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.
- 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.