Jul 6, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT
Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Jack Hawksworth is frustrated at not being able to compete in today’s Pocono IndyCar 500 according to his team owner, Bryan Herta.
In an interview with NBCSN’s Robin Miller during today’s telecast, Herta revealed that the young Brit was “pretty [ticked] off that he’s not out there racing today.”
Hawksworth was held out of today’s race after suffering a myocardial contusion in a crash during yesterday’s second practice session.
After being evaluated at Pocono Raceway, he was transported to a local hospital for overnight observation. He will need another evaluation before being allowed to compete in next weekend’s event at Iowa Speedway.
Meanwhile, Bryan Herta Autosport opted to withdraw Hawksworth’s No. 98 Honda. In a team release, they said that running a substitute driver in today’s race was not feasible.
“We’re expecting him to bounce back next week at Iowa,” Herta said to Miller. “The guys are working on getting the [backup] car ready…It’s a bump in the road. It’s unfortunate, but we should back on track next week.”
The tub and gearbox of Hawksworth’s car was damaged in his incident, which had him spin out and hit the wall flush on the left side.
Hawksworth was checked, cleared and released from the Pocono Raceway infield care center afterwards. He expressed confidence in a radio interview about competing in qualifying later on Saturday if BHA could make repairs in time – but neither he or the car made an appearance.
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