Former Indy Car driver and current IMSA driver Jack Hawksworth will make his NASCAR debut this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The England native will pilot the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in the upcoming race.
Hawksworth, 28, won earlier this season in IMSA competition at Mid-Ohio as that was one of two race victories in 2019 for him. He has four top five finishes in six tries this year in his Lexus and currently sits third in the points.
At Mid-Ohio, Hawksworth also made three career Indy Car starts with a best result of eighth in 2015.
“I’m excited to be joining the Joe Gibbs Racing team and driving the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra this weekend at Mid-Ohio,” said Hawksworth. “It’s a fantastic opportunity in a completely different series, against completely different competition and in a different type of racing.
“From a personal perspective, I’m very excited to experience something new and to be challenged in a new way. It’s going to be very different, I’m sure it’s going to be difficult and there’s going to be a bit of a learning curve with it, but I’m going into it with a championship-winning organization so that gives me a lot of confidence. I look to get out there and do a good job and looking forward to getting out on the track.”
“As we head in to the second road course of the season, we’re fortunate to have a veteran like Jack Hawksworth be able to come out of the Lexus program to help out the Toyota family and our team in the No. 18 iK9 Supra this weekend,” said Steve DeSouza, Executive Vice President of Xfinity Series and Development for Joe Gibbs Racing in a press release. “He will bring a great deal of experience and a history of success to JGR this weekend.
“I think he’ll be a great asset to our team and be someone that both Brandon (Jones) and Christopher (Bell) can look to for advice on how to get around Mid-Ohio. He’s proven he can win at the track and no reason not to continue that this weekend with the 18 team.”
Another former Indy Car driver in James Davison drove for JGR on road courses the last couple of years. He finished fourth at Mid-Ohio in 2017 and 37th at Road America. He also finished eighth in his return trip to Road America in the No. 18 last year.