Jack Hawksworth, who earned his third victory of the Firestone Indy Lights season Sept. 1 at Baltimore, will test in a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car Sept. 17 at Sebring International Raceway.
“I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of an Indy car,” said Hawksworth, 22, of England. “I have been working toward 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."
The victory from the pole was the third on a street circuit for Hawksworth, who vaulted from 40 points out of the championship lead to 11 points behind front-runner Sage Karam. Five drivers are within 35 points in the chase for the title with two races left.
Hawksworth, the 2012 Pro Mazda champion, has six top-three finishes and two poles in the 10 races. He won in his Firestone Indy Lights debut at St. Petersburg in March and led every lap en route to victories in Toronto and Baltimore. He leads the series in laps led with 168.
"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," said Hawksworth, a 2012 McLaren Autosport Award finalist and British Racing Drivers’ Club SuperStar.
"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 Letterman Lanigan Racing currently fields Honda-powered cars for Graham Rahal and James Jakes in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
“We are pleased to work with Jack on his first test in an Indy car and happy that he came to RLL for this monumental experience,” team co-owner Bobby Rahal said. “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 IndyCars and be a future winner there as well. We are anxious to put Jack in the car at Sebring and see how he does.”