Postseason profile: Learning year, Part II


Jack Hawksworth, AJ Foyt Racing

The cast: Race engineer – Raul Prados. Race strategist – Mitch Davis. Chief mechanic – Dan Hunter.

Twitter: @jackhawk41, @AJFoytRacing

The car: No. 41 ABC Supply Co. Honda

The driver: Turned 24 on Feb. 28. … From Bradford, England, and resides near the team headquarters in Hockley, Texas.

Season finish: Placed 17th in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for the second consecutive season. … First year with AJ Foyt Racing (four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt the team owner and his son, Larry, the team director).

Video: Hawksworth reviews his season

Season stats: Hawksworth recorded five top-10 finishes, with a high of seventh in both of the weekend races at Belle Isle in May. He advanced a total of 19 spots relative to his qualifying positions. Other top 10s were posted at the St. Petersburg opener (eighth), at Mid-Ohio (eighth) and Auto Club Speedway (10th). … Average finish on five street courses was 10th; average finish on five road course was 19th. … Led three races for total of 16 laps. … Was running at the finish in 12 of the 16 races and completed 1,832 of the 2,232 total laps.

Year over year: 2015 best qualifying 11th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and Mid-Ohio (17.3 average), best finish of seventh at Belle Isle 1 and 2 (15.9 average). 2014 best qualifying second (15.2 average), best finish third (13.6 average).

The gist: Hawksworth was the 2012 Star Mazda champion who placed fourth in the 2013 Indy Lights standings. He graduated to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2014 to drive for Bryan Herta Autosport (one podium finish, five top 10s in 17 races). … Teammate to veteran Takuma Sato for 2015 season.

The chart (below): Looking at how Hawksworth finished relative to his qualifying position in the 16 races:

2015 Tag Heuer Award - Jack Hawksworth

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