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Big day for IndyCar hopeful Jack Hawksworth
Jack Hawksworth has been handed the chance to demonstrate his skills at the highest level of open-wheel competition in the United States.
The talented young Cullingworth driver is to make his test bow in the IZOD IndyCar Series with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
He believes this is the perfect opportunity to stake his claim to a step up to the stateside single-seater pinnacle next year.
Cullingworth dominated the Star Mazda Championship at his first attempt during the course of a record-breaking rookie campaign in America last year.
Now he is doing battle for a second title in as many seasons while competing for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports one rung further up the ladder in Firestone Indy Lights.
With two races remaining in the fiercely-contested series, 22-year-old Hawksworth sits fourth in the standings with three victories to his name.
But his more immediate attentions are now turned towards Sebring International Raceway in Florida next Tuesday, when he will clamber into the cockpit of a fully-fledged 650bhp IndyCar for the first time.
Hawksworth said: “I have been working towards 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.”