Jack Hawksworth will make his competitive debut behind the wheel of a Toyota GR Supra GT4 at the 8 Hours of Indianapolis next weekend, the Lexus factory driver joining Smooge Racing for the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli enduro.
Hawksworth, leader with Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Lexus RC F GT3 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will join recently clinched Pirelli GT4 America Am champions Kevin Conway and John Geesbreght in the Toyota for his North American endurance racing debut.
“I first saw the Supra in 2020 and can’t wait to get a taste of what it’s been like to drive since then,” said Hawksworth.
“The race is going to be close and difficult and being able to team up with John and Kevin after the fantastic season they have had is a great opportunity and gives me confidence that we can fight for the victory.
“I have enjoyed the Indianapolis Road Course in the past. I made my first front row start in IndyCar there and won my first IMSA track race in 2014. I’m delighted to be able to return with a great car and great teammates.
Hawksworth becomes the third different driver with single-seater experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to compete in the GT4 class of racing, joining Conor Daly and Pippa Mann who will be riding the BMW M4 GT4 and Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport respectively.
“As we end the season with one of the biggest sports car races in North America, we are fortunate to have a veteran like Jack Hawksworth from the Lexus program to help the Toyota family and our team for the ride. ‘Indy 8-Hour. Said team owner Alex Geesbreght.
“Jack brings a lot of experience and a history of success to Smooge Racing. I think he will be a great asset to our team and compliment John and Kevin well as we make our endurance debut.