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Jack Hawksworth gets BHA IndyCar nod

Mar 5, 2014, 2:12 PM EDT

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The 2014 IndyCar rookie class will grow by one, although not with the name many expected to take the reins of the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport Honda.

Jack Hawksworth will join Carlos Munoz and Mikhail Aleshin as IndyCar freshmen in 2014, with the news the Englishman has been appointed by Herta to drive the team’s BBM/The Collection Auto Group/Castrol Honda-powered entry in 2014.

“I am absolutely delighted to be racing for Bryan Herta Autosport in the 2014 IndyCar Series,” said Hawksworth. “It has been a dream of mine for many years and I can’t wait to get started.”

Hawksworth has already completed three IndyCar tests at Sebring since September, one apiece with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Dale Coyne Racing and a third just a couple weeks ago with BHA. The Sebring test impressed team co-owner Herta.

“Quite frankly, Jack really impressed us with a very strong test in Sebring last month,” Herta said. “He has had success at every level he has competed in to date and we believe he has the skills to maintain that going into the IndyCar series. Jack is well aware of the level of competition he is stepping into and we look forward to the season ahead.”

Hawksworth finished fourth in the 2013 Indy Lights championship, with three wins at the St. Petersburg, Toronto and Baltimore street circuits.

Meanwhile, Italian Luca Filippi had been the favorite all winter, and while proverbially “close” to a deal, nothing was completed for the driver who impressed in four starts for BHA last year.

He had this to tweet immediately after the announcement came out:

  1. testover6370 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    I cannot fathom this decision. They had two fantastic drivers to choose from, and they turned down both for someone who really lost all momentum last year. Hawksworth was impressive in Star Mazda, but in Indy Lights he just was completely in over his head, and that was against a field of at most 9 other cars. I don’t think it is too harsh to say he’s going to be a significant hazard to the other drivers this year. Look at Long Beach last year. He was sharing the entirety of the generously wide Shoreline drive with a small handful of other cars, and he was totally oblivious as he pushed Veach straight into the wall and wiped out half the grid. Imagine what will happen with three times as many cars and much more power. What is Herta thinking?

  2. kitnamania13 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    I guess Hawksworth is bringing a pretty good amount of cash. Maybe his dad owns AmeriGlide stairlifts.

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