Bryan Herta talks Pocono withdrawal, Hawksworth injury

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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.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.