ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Jack Hawksworth, who earned the 2012 Star Mazda Championship, won in his Firestone Indy Lights debut for Schmidt Peterson with Curb-Agajanian Motorsports after leaders Carlos Munoz and Gabby Chaves tangled while battling for the lead.
Munoz, the Sunoco Pole Award recipient in the No. 26 Dialy-Ser-Andretti Autosport car, was battling Chaves in the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson with Curb-Agajanian car entering Turn 1 of Lap 11 when they made contact.
Hawksworth made his way around the scene to take the lead, which he held the remainder of the 45-lap race.
“I’m so fortunate to be with these guys and working with such a great team,” Hawksworth said. “They’ve helped me develop over the winter and today I nearly scooted off on the first corner and they gave me a really, really good car. What a great way to start the season.”
Hawksworth led Peter Dempsey across the finish line by 4.9 seconds for the fourth consecutive victory at St. Petersburg for a Schmidt Peterson car. The past three winners (J.K. Vernay, Josef Newgarden and Tristan Vautier went on the win the series title).