INDIANAPOLIS - Jack Hawksworth scored his first win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but skipped his traditional "Legendary Hawk" celebration after the win.|
The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in the Verizon IndyCar Series teamed with Chris Cumming to win the Prototype Challenge class at the Brickyard Grand Prix on July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"It feels pretty awesome," Hawksworth said. "It was a lot of fun. We had a great battle with Bruno (Junqueira) and ended up with an RSR 1-2. We were both slicing through the traffic. I just got my chance and I took it. My first win of my year, and I'll take it. I'll just save the celebration for when I win in INDYCAR."
Hawksworth, who led his first laps in the series during the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May, had to fight with Junqueira throughout the final hour of the 2 hour, 45 minute race. He made his move with about five minutes remaining.
"(The fight) seemed to last an eternity because it was really a battle for 45 minutes," Hawksworth said. "We were battling through the traffic. It was really like a game of chess. I kept asking the guys, ‘How long is left? How long is left?' Once it got to five minutes, I knew it was time to go.
"Fortunately (Junqueira) caught traffic and he didn't get a great exit off (Turn) 2 there. I was strong there and I was able to get by him in (Turn) 4. It was a clear run from there until I got to a slow car on the last corner."
Jack returns to IndyCar duty next weekend at the Honda Indy 200 in Mid-Ohio.