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Hawksworth sets sights on Lights, and beyond

British drivers have increasingly become one of the largest contingents in IndyCar of late, and Hawksworth said that the way that the American series had embraced British and overseas drivers was something he particularly admired and was grateful for.

"I think Americans like the British, and they also want to compete against the Europeans," he said. "The IndyCar Series isn't just an American series, it's truly an international series and they want the best drivers from all over the world.

"I feel like any British driver or any aspiring European driver would be welcomed over there because [IndyCar drivers] are of the theory that they want to test themselves against not just the best Americans but also the best Europeans," he added. "So now I feel very welcomed over there."

Hawksworth will embark on his Firestone Indy Lights campaign on the streets of St Petersburg on March 24, the same day that the IZOD IndyCar Series itself will hold its 2013 season opener at the same venue.



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