IndyCar: Will Power leads 2nd practice at Pocono; Hawksworth OK after crash (VIDEO)

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Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader Will Power put up a lap of 223.348 miles per hour to lead the second and final practice session for the Pocono IndyCar 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Power said that he was trying to gauge how good his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was in traffic during the second practice.

“We have no more practice sessions so I tried to run in as much traffic as I could,” he told IndyCar Radio. “It’s going to be interesting tomorrow because we haven’t had that much practice before a 500-mile race.

“We’ll have a good think about it overnight and see what we can do.”

Qualifying for tomorrow’s race is slated to take place this afternoon at 5 p.m. ET. It will air later at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra for online and mobile devices.

Carlos Munoz of Andretti Autosport was second-fastest in this practice at 223.007 mph, followed by Practice 1 leader Tony Kanaan in P3 at 222.528 mph.

Graham Rahal, sporting a bit of camo this weekend on his National Guard machine, was fourth at 222.317 mph, and Helio Castroneves was fifth at 222.297 mph.

The first major hit of the weekend took place with half an hour to go in this session, as Jack Hawksworth lost control in Turn 1 and slammed into the SAFER Barrier.

The British rookie gingerly got out of his damaged No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport Honda and needed help from a pair of Holmatro safety crew members to get into his ride to the infield care center.

But IndyCar Radio later reported that Hawksworth’s limp was simply due to banging his knee in the cockpit during the crash. Hawksworth was ultimately checked, cleared and released from the care center.

“After I got down to the apex, it just went super-loose and snapped on me, and I went into the wall,” Hawksworth said. “I don’t know what really happened. Obviously, I’m very sad for all the guys because we just wrecked the car.”

Hawksworth also added that despite his sore knee, he was confident that he could take part in qualifying later today should his team be able to repair the No. 98 in time.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)