Hawksworth Cleared To Drive In Iowa
British rookie Jack Hawksworth has been cleared by INDYCAR medical director Dr. Michael Olinger to compete in the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on July 11-12. Hawksworth was diagnosed with a myocardial contusion (head injury) suffered in a crash during practice on July 5 for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 fueled by Sunoco at Pocono Raceway. 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.
After initially being checked, cleared and released from the infield care center following the incident, Hawksworth felt ill and was transported to Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa., where he was held overnight for observation. He was released July 6. Hawksworth, 23, of Bradford, England, has three top-10 finishes in his first Verizon IndyCar Series season as driver of the No. 98 Integrity Energee Drink Dallara/Honda. Hawksworth scored a season-high third-place finish in Race 2 of the doubleheader around Reliant Park in Houston on June 29.
Hawksworth and his team entrant _ Bryan Herta Autosport/Bowen and Bowers Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian _ received half-points for last Sunday’s 200-lapper at Pocono Raceway.
Helio Castroneves of Penske Racing qualified on-pole last summer around Iowa Speedway’s 0.875-mile oval, with James Hinchcliffe of Andretti Autosport emerging as winner.
Scheduled for 300 laps/262.5 miles, Saturday’s race will be televised at 8 p.m. (EDT) on NBCSN, with radio coverage provided by IMS Radio Network, XM 209 & Sirius 213 channels.No Comment