Hawksworth Injured, Won’t Race At Pocono

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Jack Hawksworth will not race in Sunday's Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway because of injuries suffered in a practice crash Saturday. (IndyCar Photo)
Jack Hawksworth will not race in Sunday's Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway because of injuries suffered in a practice crash Saturday. (IndyCar Photo)
Jack Hawksworth will not race in Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway because of injuries suffered in a practice crash Saturday. (IndyCar Photo)

LONG POND, Pa. – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Jack Hawksworth has been diagnosed with a myocardial contusion suffered in an incident July 5 during the second practice session for the Pocono IndyCar 500 fueled by Sunoco at Pocono Raceway and will not race in Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series race.

Hawksworth was evaluated at the infield care center by IndyCar medical director Dr. Michael Olinger and later transported to Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa., where he stayed overnight for observation.

Hawksworth is not cleared to drive the No. 98 Integrity Energee Drink car for BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian in today’s 200-lap race at Pocono Raceway. He will be re-evaluated by the IndyCar medical team before being cleared to drive July 12 at Iowa Speedway.

Hawksworth’s car spun and made left-side contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 1. He climbed from the car with assistance from the Holmatro Safety Team. The 23-year-old first-year Verizon IndyCar Series driver from Bradford, England, was coming off a season-high third-place finish in Race 2 at Houston.

The team has not named a replacement driver.