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Rookie Hawksworth is the Month of May’s first accident at IMS (VIDEO)

May 14, 2014, 6:19 PM EST

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Jack Hawksworth’s first season in the Verizon IndyCar Series has been off to a decent start, but unfortunately for the English rookie, he became the first driver to contact the wall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval this month.

Hawksworth lost the rear through Turn 3 and hit the outside retaining wall. He emerged unscathed, and was checked, released and cleared to drive. But the No. 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian Honda, now adorned in a new livery with new primary sponsor Integrity Energee Drink, was badly damaged.

That put the shortened two-hour practice under yellow. Simon Pagenaud led with the month’s first 226-plus mph lap, a 226.122 in the No. 77 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports.

Once the track goes back to green – repairs needed to be made to the SAFER Barrier – look for KV Racing Technology’s fourth car, the No. 33 Always Evolving Racing Chevrolet, to make its first laps. Sebastien Bourdais will shake James Davison’s car down, per a KVRT team PR rep.

Update: We now have video.

  1. testover6370 - May 14, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    I’m shocked, *shocked!* I say, that Hawksworth was the first to crash out.

    Glad he’s OK.

  2. Jeff - May 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Hawksworth was great Saturday, and I think he was hurt by a bad strategy.
    I certainly didn’t expect him to be the first.

    • testover6370 - May 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      That video shows you all you need to know about Hawksworth.

  3. manik56 - May 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I always have a wry smile when a rookie wrecks at Indy. The place is supposed to be hard. This is proof. With that being said, i am glad the SAFER needed repaired and the driver didn’t.

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