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Maiden podium for Hawksworth

Rookie IndyCar driver Jack Hawksworth scored his first podium finish in in the second race of the Houston Grand Prix weekend double-header.

The 23-year-old Yorkshireman had started the race down in 23rd but a superb display of pace and controlled driving saw him cross the finish line up in third.

Charlie Kimball and Juan Pablo Montoya had pushed Hawksworth hard, however he held his nerve to surpass his previous best finish of sixth.

"It's been rough this year, we've been fast sometimes and just not quite made it happen," said Hawksworth. "We've not quite put it together and today we did."

Simon Pagenaud was the race winner, with the Frenchman finishing ahead of Schmidt Peterson team-mate Mikhail Aleshin.

"Awesome race," said Pagenaud, who earned his second victory of the season.

IndyCar Series leader Will Power finished down in 11th after making contact with a tyre barrier but closest rival - and Team Penske team-mate - Helio Castroneves failed to take advantage.

Castroneves had been looking to make a move on Pagenaud when he collided with Sebastien Bourdais - with the Brazilian eventually finishing down in 21st.

"I had no idea that he was there," Castroneves said. "When I'm attacking I can't have eyes in the back of my head."