Hawksworth out of Pocono with bruised heart
6 July 2014 – Bryan Herta Autosport has announced that its rookie driver Jack Hawksworth will be forced to sit out the Pocono IndyCar 500 today due to injuries sustained in a hard impact in the second practice session.
Hawksworth lost control of his car at the 2.5-mile triangular circuit, hitting the wall at the exit of turn 1 with the force of nearly 100 Gs. He was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a myocardial contusion (essentially a bruised heart).
In a press release this morning, his team noted that he "currently remains under observation at Lehigh Valley Heath Network in Allentown, Pa. Jack is in good spirits and eager to return to the cockpit of the Integrity Energy Drink #98 as quickly as possible."
As a result, he has not been cleared to drive today's 500 miles, and it's unclear whether or not he may be fit enough to return to the Iowa Corn Indy 300, held next weekend at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.