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: 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.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”