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IndyCar driver Hawksworth celebrates IMS victory

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar driver Jack Hawksworth ditched open wheel cars for a day to score his first win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hawksworth teamed with Chris Cumming to win the Prototype Challenge class at the Brickyard Grand Prix on Friday. Hawksworth, who led his first laps in IndyCar during the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May, made a late move in the race for the win.

“It feels pretty awesome,” Hawksworth said. “It was a lot of fun. We had a great battle with Bruno (Junqueira) and ended up with an RSR 1-2. We were both slicing through the traffic. I just got my chance and I took it. My first win of my year, and I’ll take it. I’ll just save the celebration for when I win in INDYCAR.”

Sage Karam, who was ninth in the Indianapolis 500, also had a strong run in his first sportscar race at IMS. Karam co-drove the No. 01 Daytona Prototype for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates to a runner-up finish in the race after leading the race at the midway point.

“They say Indianapolis is good to some people and so far she’s been good to me,” Karam said. “The Chip Ganassi Racing guys really put together a masterpiece of a car for me. I would be happier if we had won, but as far as my performance and the team’s performance it was a great result.”

Five Indianapolis 500 starters competed in the Brickyard Grand Prix, including Hawksworth and Karam. Townsend Bell and James Davison finished fourth in the GT Daytona Class. Martin Plowman retired from the race early.