Jul 12, 2013
TORONTO -- Jack Hawksworth topped the time chart in the second Firestone Indy Lights practice session for the Toronto 100 on the 1.7-mile, 11-turn street circuit with a lap of 1 minute, 4.7627 seconds (97.556 mph) in the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson with Curb-Agajanian car.
A 45-minute qualifying session (7:45 a.m. ET) will set the grid for the 50-lap race at 11:30 a.m. Both are available on www.indycar.com and the INDYCAR 13 app with the IMS Radio Network broadcast and live Timing & Scoring.
Click it: Toronto 100 combined practice results
Hawksworth, who kicked off his first Firestone Indy Lights season with a victory and runner-up finish, has top-five finishes in the past two races. In between were consecutive races in which he exited because of contact and an eighth place.
"I really like this circuit. I tend to like all of the street circuits," Hawksworth said. "I think they are really exciting, really challenging, there’s a lot to them. I also like the fact that you kind of get punished if you make a mistake around this place. The circuit itself really unique with long straights. It’s not your average street course, because normally street courses are a lot of 90 (degree) rights, 90 (degree) lefts and stuff, but this course has got some quick sweepers as well, so it’s really interesting.
"Obviously, the setting, being in Toronto and stuff, it’s one of my favorite cities. So all in all, great experience coming here for me so far."
He's fifth in the championship standings, and a victory in the eighth race of the season would close the gap to current points leader Carlos Munoz.
Peter Dempsey was second fast (1:05.0500) in the No. 5 Belardi Auto Racing car and Juan Pablo Garcia (1:05.1741) was third in the No. 2 TMR-International-Euclid Chemical car. Munoz was seventh (1:05.6551) in the No. 26 Dialy-Ser car for Andretti Autosport.