Jack Hawksworth at
Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit
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Mechanical Issue Ruins Podium Run
for Hawksworth in Detroit
Detroit, MI - May 31,
2014 - Jack Hawksworth was on his way to a possible victory when a broken
brake rotor cost him the opportunity during the first race of the Chevrolet
Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans on Saturday afternoon.
Hawksworth completed a solid qualifying run that morning,
advancing to the Firestone Fast Six for the third time in only five road/street
course races this season. He then claimed a spot on the inside of row two to
start the first of two races at Belle Isle.
On the very first lap, the 23-year-old rookie made a sharp
pass to advance to second place. Over the next 15 laps, Hawksworth began to
establish a gap and pressure race leader Helio Castroneves.
Just as the caution flag flew on lap 16 for a single car
accident involving Mike Conway, the left front brake rotor failed on the No. 98
machine. Hawksworth radioed immediately to the team that something had failed
on the car, and the Integrity Energee Drink crew set up to pit. When Hawksworth
came in, Crew Chief Mark Shambarger discovered a broken brake rotor on the left
front side of the car.
The team was able to change the rotor quickly, but not
before going four laps down and moving back to 20th place. Attrition
gained one additional spot for the British driver.
"We had a good start to the race," said Hawksworth. "The
Integrity Energee Drink car got up to second right away, and we were quick and
comfortable behind Helio [Castroneves]. Unfortunately, the front left brake
exploded so that was basically our day gone. We did a few more laps of running
and got a bit more of a feel for the track so we can have a better day
Team co-owner Bryan Herta added, "Obviously Jack and the entire
Integrity Energee Drink team did a great job today. I've never seen a carbon
disc failure like what we had, but it happened to us. It's a shame because we
were on the way to another great result.
"I feel bad for Jack and all the guys because yet again,
they did not make any mistakes but somehow we still did not get a result. I'm
glad we have another race tomorrow and another shot. We've got a great car, great
team, great driver. We're ready for round two."
Hawksworth will get another shot at the podium tomorrow for
race two of the Dual in Detroit. Sunday will follow a similar schedule, so fans
can tune in to ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET to catch the second 70-lap competition.
|About Integrity Assets Group, Inc.|
Group, Inc. was founded in 2012 in West Covina, California. The company holds
multi-million dollar contracts by supplying and distributing products and
services worldwide. Integrity Assets Group, Inc. is associated with well-known
partners and companies from Latin America and Japan. When seeing the vast
potential within the market (both U.S. and internationally), the company
introduced Energee to fill demand for one of the best healthy energy drinks.
For more information, visit www.energeedrink.com.
About Bryan Herta Autosport
Founded by veteran driver Bryan
Herta, and noted race engineer and team manager Steve Newey, Bryan Herta
Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Firestone Indy Lights
competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan
Wheldon in only its second IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries
in the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights. Since 2012, BHA has partnered
with Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. (BBM). Based
in Toronto, Ontario, BBM is the coming together of leading sports and
entertainment property development professionals, Chris Bowers and David Bowen. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.