RSR Racing team owner Paul Gentilozzi happened upon a stellar duo when he brought rising Verizon IndyCar Series star into his PC team at the Indianapolis road course event in July (ABOVE), and tells RACER working on bringing the young Briton back along with RSR veteran Bruno Junqueira to lead its TUDOR Championship efforts.
“The only reason I go to the track is to win, and my plan is to keep Jack and Bruno together next year as our leaders in PC,” said Gentilozzi. “We know Jack is likely going to have some conflicts with IndyCar – they haven’t put out their schedule yet so we don’t know which ones – but we know enough of the dates, and it could only be a couple, to make an agreement for him to drive with us any weekend he’s not in the Indy car.
“He’s enjoyed driving with us and we’ve loved having Jack in the team. And Bruno’s as fast and as nice a guy you could ask for and works great with our customers. Having both of them back is something we’ll do everything in our power to make happen.”
Gentilozzi is a clear fan of Hawksworth, and sees the potential in having the “Jack and Junqy Show” together again for a second season.
“Jack had never been to Road Atlanta, and five laps into practice, he was P1,” he added. “He was a second clear of Colin Braun in the race and between Jack and Bruno, those guys are within a few tenths of each other – the fastest guys in PC, by far. It really helps with the pro-am setup they have in the class, and you know either of those guys are capable of putting us at the front every time they step in the car. And then you have them as teammates to very skilled gentleman drivers, and it’s a strong lineup.”
RSR’s PC driver rotation will have at least one change next year, according to Gentilozzi.
“We’ve been fortunate to also have some great drivers to go with the pros,” he noted. “Chris Cumming put his car on the pole at Kansas, and is an excellent Silver-rated driver, and Duncan Ende was the same. It looks like Duncan will have to step back next year due to some budget issues, but we’d love to have him back and I’m pretty confident we’ll have another championship-caliber team ready to go once we get everything buttoned up.”