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Hawksworth ruled out of Pocono race

Jack Hawksworth will not take part in this weekend's Pocono IndyCar 500, following his crash in Saturday's second practice session.
Jack Hawksworth has been ruled out of this weekend's race at Pocono Raceway after being diagnosed with a myocardial contusion following a hard crash in turn 1 midway through the second practice session on Saturday afternoon.

Hawksworth had been able to climb out of the wrecked Bryan Herta Autosport #98 but was seen to be limping his way to the medical car. He was checked out by the in-field care centre and initially appeared to have suffered nothing more serious than a bruised left knee.

"I'm fine, just a little bit sore," he'd said immediately after the accident. "I think I'll be cleared to drive so that's not a problem."

However Hawksworth subsequently complained of feeling unwell, and as a precaution was dispatched to the nearby Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania for further tests and evaluation.

That determined that he had suffered bruising to the heart muscle during the crash impact. The hospital kept him in overnight for observation as a precaution.

IndyCar Medical Director Dr Michael Olinger announced on Sunday morning that Hawksworth was no longer medically cleared to drive this weekend, and that he would need to be reevaluated by the medical team before he could take part in next weekend's race at Iowa Speedway.

Hawksworth previously crashed during practice for the Indianapolis 500 in May, but he admitted to reporters on Saturday that his latest crash at Pocono "was a much harder hit."

"I went into 1 and I'd been pushing and understeering through there and went in there this time and just got loose and went into the wall," he told reporters immediate after the incident. "It happened very quickly and just snapped. I went in there quickly and it hit the wall.

"We'd been understeering in turn 1 during the whole session and there's a tail wind going into there so we'd been pushing a lot," he continued. "We just put tyres on and went into 1 and picked up a big oversteer instead of the understeer and it took us out and I went into the wall. If I thought I was going to stick it into the wall, I would have thought it would be on turn 3, but it was turn 1."

The #98 was heavily damaged in the accident. Even if Hawksworth had been uninjured and able to carry on with his participation, the car was certainly in no fit state to take part in Saturday's qualifying session.

Even knowing that the best that they could hope for was a back row start, the team carried on working on rebuilding the car for Sunday's race until the news was confirmed that Hawksworth would not be returning to the track. The team is not expected to seek a last-minute replacement driver to stand in for the 23-year-old Englishman.



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Jack Hawksworth and Marco Andretti cross the start/finish line during practice at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Jack Hawksworth (Photo by: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth in his car (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The #28 Andretti Autosport team celebrates victory (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay waits on pitlane prior to practice at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson and Charlie Kimball go side-by-side for the start of the Pocono INDYCAR 500 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay with an early pit stop during the Pocono INDYCAR 500 (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson exits Turn 2 during practice for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson waits on pit lane prior to qualifications for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves celebrates second place (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on pit road (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves leads Ryan Briscoe (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves on pit lane prior to qualifications for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves heads down the Long Pond Straightaway during practice for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag as he races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 6, 2014 during the Pocono IndyCar 500 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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