Bryan Herta Autosport’s puzzle has come together as the team has signed Indy Lights standout Jack Hawksworth for the 2014 season driving the #98 Collection Auto Group/Castrol Honda powered car. He will join Russian Mikhail Aleshin and Columbian Carlos Munoz as a candidate for rookie of the year.
“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 competed in the Indy Lights Series last season driving for Sam Schmidt and was a contender for the championship throughout the season. He scored 3 wins, 2 poles and led a total of 168 laps en route to a 4th place finish in the championship. He also won the 2012 Pro Mazda Series championship on the heels of 8 wins.
He spent the off season testing for a variety of teams including Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Dale Coyne Racing and impressed team owner Bryan Herta enough to land a full time ride in the IndyCar Series.
“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.”