Birmingham, AL - April 27, 2014 - Jack Hawksworth was able to end his third INDYCAR race weekend on a high note with a 12th place finish on Sunday at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.|
Jack didn't have the best start to the weekend, struggling to find speed during the three practice sessions. Saturday's qualifying put the 23-year-old, British driver in 22nd place on the starting grid.
The weather was dry on Friday and Saturday, but conditions changed significantly on Sunday as a major thunderstorm rolled through the Birmingham area during the scheduled green flag time frame.
After a two-hour rain delay, INDYCAR officials declared the race, originally scheduled for 90 laps, a timed race at 100 minutes total.
The caution flag flew on just the first lap and a majority of the drivers reported little to no visibility around the 14-turn, 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park.
Jack drove aggressively and was able to avoid incident. In just the first ten laps, he had advanced four spots to 18th. That was only the beginning of a hard-fought battle that saw the No. 98 team running in the top ten on lap 38.
When the checkered flag flew, Jack and the BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian team earned a solid 12th place finish.
"It was an exciting race with a lot going on," said Hawksworth. "We started twenty-second and it was raining at the start. The car was good in the wet and we made some progress. Then we had some solid racing throughout the field.
"The BHA guys had some good calls on pit lane and I think we salvaged something from what was a difficult weekend. To get twelfth after the weekend we had was a good result in the end, so a big thank you to the team for working hard all weekend and for their ability to keep believing."
Team owner Bryan Herta added, "It was really a tough start for us as we struggled with the car all weekend. The race was the best part, and Jack was certainly fast in the wet.
"We would've been even better off had it stayed wet but it was good to get to the finish. For the first two races of the season, we had really fast cars but didn't finish. We feel like this is finally the start to our season."
In two weeks, the Verizon IndyCar Series kicks off the prestigious "month of May" with the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be converted to a road course for the 82-lap race on Saturday, May 10. Tickets are still available at IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com and fans can catch all the action live on ABC from 3:30-6 p.m. ET.
About Bryan Herta Autosport
Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, and noted race engineer and team manager Steve Newey, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Firestone Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. (BBM). Based in Toronto, Ontario, BBM is the coming together of leading sports and entertainment property development professionals, Chris Bowers and David Bowen. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.