Jack Hawksworth secures Foyt IndyCar seat for 2015

IndyCar rising star Jack Hawksworth will join AJ Foyt Racing for 2015 in a deal that marks the realisation of the team's long-held ambitions to add a full-time second entry

Jack Hawksworth secures Foyt IndyCar seat for 2015

The Briton, who made his debut this year with Bryan Herta Autosport, will race alongside Takuma Sato in Foyt's #41 car.

"This is a great opportunity for me," said Hawksworth, who will move to Texas to be close to the team's base.

"Ultimately, I want to win races and I feel that this is the place I can do that. We've got everything in place. so we have the potential to build something really special.

"That's what excites me. It's a growing project and I want to grow with it, be a part of it and be a part of its success."

Sato, who is preparing to embark upon his third season with the team, said that he is thrilled by the team's expansion.

"It is absolutely fantastic news that AJ Foyt Racing is expanding to a two-car team," said Sato.

"I really feel positive about it and welcome Jack in joining us. The continuity of working with my engineer, Don Halliday, and the same crew gives us a strong momentum in learning and more confidence overall.

"We had some very successful race weekends but we need more improvement. That is just the nature of racing. So as a two-car team, it should boost these things massively.

"The track time is very limited nowadays but there are always tons of things to try. That will be especially true with the new bodywork that's coming."

Foyt has promoted Raul Prados, who previously worked under Halliday, into the role of chief engineer on Hawksworth's car, and team manager Larry Foyt said that he expects the combination of Sato's experience and Hawksworth potential to be a potent one.

"We know Takuma can win on any given weekend in the #14 car; I'm looking forward to putting what we've learned together the last couple of years to good use.

"As well, having who I feel is a future superstar - Jack Hawksworth - join the team gives me twice the reasons to be excited.

"And I can't end without giving a Texas-sized thank you to my dad [AJ Foyt].

"At nearly 80 years old, he certainly doesn't need the stress and concerns of a multi-car race team, but he has been supportive and behind me 100 per cent.

"Now we have to put the finishing pieces in place and produce because you know that with AJ, only one thing matters - winning."

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