After missing the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test in October, 2012 Star Mazda champion Jack Hawksworth will get to mix and mingle with fellow Firestone Indy Lights competitors in the series’ first Open Test on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course Jan. 23-24.
This will mark the Englishman’s second test in a Firestone Indy Lights car after a private team session back in November at Sebring International Raceway. With the temperatures expected to stay in the 70s for the two-day test, Hawksworth and Sam Schmidt Motorsports will be looking to complete a checklist of items to prepare for the season opener at St. Petersburg in March.
“With the weather forecast set to be good for two days, it will give us the opportunity to experiment with some different changes and tweaks to the car set-up in order to try and understand the Indy Lights car more and also the best way for me to extract performance from it,” Hawksworth said. “Alongside this it will be a great relationship-building exercise as I will get to see more of how the team works, and vice versa the team will get more of an idea of how I work.”
Nine total drivers with five teams are expected to join at the test.
Zach Veach Andretti Autosport
Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport
Jack Hawksworth Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Gabby Chaves Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Giancarlo Serenelli Juncos Racing
Mike Larrison Belardi Auto Racing
Peter Dempsey Belardi Auto Racing
Juan Pablo Garcia Team Moore Racing
Mikael Grenier Team Moore Racing