2012 Pro Mazda champion and current Firestone Indy Lights Series competitor Jack Hawksworth will take the next step in his burgeoning career when he tests for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing IndyCar team at Sebring on Sept.17.
The 22-year-old Briton is coming off an Indy Lights win on Sunday at Baltimore, his third of the season, and has designs on moving up to the Indy/car Series if the funding can be secured. Currently fourth in the Indy Lights standings, Hawksworth is just 12 points out of the lead, and with his management team working to find their client an opportunity with a Honda-powered IndyCar team for 2014, the RLLR test could help his chances.
"I think gaining experience in any car faster than the one you're currently driving is going to help you learn," Hawksworth told RACER on Sunday. "We have a long break between this race and the next one in Houston, so it won't affect my concentration for the Lights championship. That's where I'm fully focused until the season finale."
The chance to sample a Dallara DW12-Honda can only help Hawksworth as he looks to improve his championship standings.
“I have been working towards this moment since the day I first jumped into a go-kart many years ago, and I feel ready to use all those years of experience now at the highest level," he added. "Thank you to my management team, my supporters, Honda, Firestone and RLL for handing me this great opportunity.
“Looking further ahead to 2014, I would obviously love to be in an IndyCar seat, and if that happens, my aim will be the same as it has always been – to maximize my potential and that of the team and score as many points as possible. My goal isn't simply to compete in IndyCar, it is to ultimately win IndyCar races and championships – and I know without any doubt that I can.”
Rahal, who runs a two-car program for his son Graham and England's James Jakes in the IndyCar Series, is interested to see what Hawksworth is capable of achieving during his first outing.
“We have watched Jack from afar in Indy Lights; he is obviously a proven winner there, and there is no reason to think that he couldn't be competitive in IndyCar and be a future winner there as well," he said "We are anxious to put Jack in the car at Sebring and see how he does.”