The A.J. Foyt Racing team will run two cars full-time in next year’s IndyCar Series championship, with the team announcing that impressive British racer Jack Hawksworth will partner former F1 driver Takuma Sato in the team’s two Honda-powered Dallara DW12s.

The expansion comes thanks to extra financial support from long-time Foyt backer, ABC Supply Co., which will continue as the team’s primary sponsor until at least the end of the 2016 season.

“ABC stepped up and decided it was time for us to run two cars,” team founder A.J. Foyt Jr said. “We never did want to run two cars unless we could run them the proper way and have the proper financing.”

Jack Hawksworth

Hawksworth joins AJ Foyt Racing after an impressive rookie season.

The team has spent the past two seasons running Sato – whose tendency for crashing showed no abatement in 2014 – as a full-time entry, while occasionally expanding to a second car, which it did for Martin Plowman over the two races at Indianapolis.

The signing of Hawksworth, 23, marks the continued coming of age for the rookie driver, who made his series debut with the Bryan Herta Autosports team this year. The Englishman claimed a fine podium finish in the second race at Houston along with a further four top-ten finishes; he also led the most laps at the Indianapolis road course race.

“This is a great opportunity for me,” Hawksworth said. “Ultimately, I want to win races and I feel that this is the place I can do that. We’ve got everything in place. so we have the potential to build something really special.

“That’s what excites me. It’s a growing project and I want to grow with it, be a part of it and be a part of its success.”

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