Houston, TX - June 29, 2014 - Jack Hawksworth topped Saturday's season-best sixth place finish with a third-place spot on the podium Sunday for race two of the Shell & Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston.|
For the second day in a row, the 23-year-old rookie earned the "biggest mover of the day" title, this time starting from last place and advancing 20 positions to the podium.
The 90-lap competition presented plenty of obstacles, from temperatures over 100 degrees to a plethora of caution flags, but Hawksworth kept his cool and skillfully advanced through the field.
With less than 10 laps to go, the British driver impressively defended his position against veteran drivers as his black Firestone tires gradually achieved optimum operating temperature. He crossed the finish line with a 1.5-second gap between the No. 98 car and the fourth-place finisher.
"I'm really happy for the whole team," said Hawksworth. "It's our first podium for the Integrity Energee Drink team this year. We've come so close to a result like this so many times with great qualifying runs but it just hasn't happened so today, I'm really proud of everyone here at Bryan Herta Autosport. They did a fantastic job and thoroughly deserved it. This one goes to them and I'm just really happy."
Team co-owner Bryan Herta echoed Hawksworth's excitement, stating, "This is a great day for the whole team, really. Jack executed really well on the track. There were some difficult times at the end of the race when he had pick-up on the tires and he was having to defend. He was able to hold position and that was the key. Then when [Will] Power had his problem, he took advantage and put us on the podium."
"It's a great day. Everything worked today. Teamwork, strategy, the guys were great in the pits and Jack on the track. This is the kind of execution we need to try to achieve every weekend."
Next weekend, the Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Long Pond, Pennsylvania for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway. The 200-lap competition on the "Tricky Triangle" will take place on Sunday, July 6 at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can catch all the action live on the NBC Sports Network broadcast, beginning at 12 p.m. ET.
About Integrity Assets Group, Inc.
Integrity Assets Group, Inc. was founded in 2012 in West Covina, California. The company holds multi-million dollar contracts by supplying and distributing products and services worldwide. Integrity Assets Group, Inc. is associated with well-known partners and companies from Latin America and Japan. When seeing the vast potential within the market (both U.S. and internationally), the company introduced Energee to fill demand for one of the best healthy energy drinks. For more information, visit www.energeedrink.com.
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.