USCC: Hawksworth wins the Brickyard Grand Prix
This story comes from our friends at IMSA the home of sports car racing in the United States.
Jack Hawksworth and Bruno Junqueira may be better known in Indianapolis for their starts in the Indianapolis 500, but the two battled it out Friday for the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Prototype Challenge (PC) class win in the Brickyard Grand Prix.
While Junqueira — the 2002 Indianapolis 500 pole winner — led much of the final stint, it was Hawksworth who made the winning pass with three minutes remaining in the No. 08 AutomaxUSA.com ORECA FLM09 started by co-driver Chris Cumming.
“The last 45 minutes were some of the most fun I’ve had in a race car, to be honest,” said Hawksworth,
who finished 20th in the Indianapolis 500 this season, but finished seventh on the same IMS road-course layout in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May. “I had a great battle with Bruno, fighting through the traffic. I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s a great circuit and I enjoyed it. To finally get a win here, it feels awesome.”
Junqueira and co-driver Duncan Ende made it a 1-2 finish for RSR Racing by finishing second.
It was a surprisingly quiet day for the points-leading CORE autosport duo of Colin Braun and Jon Bennett, who drove to a third-place finish, their fifth podium finish in six starts this season. The co-drivers still maintain a healthy points lead in the PC class after winning four races so far this season.