Jack Hawksworth officially out of Pocono IndyCar 500 (UPDATED)

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After crashing during Saturday’s second practice session, Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Jack Hawksworth will not compete in today’s Pocono IndyCar 500 at Pocono Raceway.

In a medical report released early this morning, INDYCAR disclosed that Hawksworth suffered a myocardial contusion in the wreck. After being evaluated by INDYCAR medical director Dr. Michael Olinger at Pocono, the British driver was transported to Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he was kept overnight for observation.

Hawksworth, who drives the No. 98 Integrity Energee Drink Honda for Bryan Herta Autosport, was not cleared to race today and will be re-evaluated by INDYCAR’s medical team before being allowed to compete in next weekend’s Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway.

Late this morning, Curt Cavin of the Indianapolis Star reported that the tub and gearbox of Hawksworth’s car broke in the crash, and that Hawksworth himself was still in the hospital:

Before INDYCAR’s release, multiple reporters, including Cavin and NBCSN’s Robin Miller for RACER Magazine, had said Saturday night that Hawksworth and BHA were withdrawing from today’s race.

Additionally, Williams Harfield Sports Group (Hawksworth’s management firm) confirmed a hospital visit for their client:

In his wreck, Hawksworth had the back end of his car come around on him in Turn 1 before he impacted the wall flush on the left side.

The British driver was checked, cleared and released from the infield care center after the crash, and IndyCar Radio reported at the time that he had only banged his knee inside the cockpit.

In an interview with IndyCar Radio, Hawksworth said he was confident that he’d be able to take part in qualifying later on Saturday if BHA repaired the car in time. But neither he or the No. 98 returned to the track for the rest of the day.

Fernando Alonso completes first test with United Autosports

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Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso enjoyed his first outing with United Autosports, with whom he will contest the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, in their Ligier JS P217 LMP2 chassis.

The McLaren Formula 1 driver completed the test at Motorland Aragon in Spain alongside co-driver Phil Hanson, who will be a teammate with Alonso at next year’s 24-hour Daytona enduro. Filipe Albuquerque, a former GT class winner at the Rolex 24, was also on hand to help Alonso and the team ahead of Alonso’s first run in an LMP2 car, which comes only a couple days after he made his LMP1 testing debut with Toyota. Albuquerque races with Mustang Sampling Racing in IMSA, but will return to United’s European Le Mans Series program for all but one race in 2018.

“I had a great first test with United Autosports. Obviously, we are on a really tight schedule between now and Daytona, but it was nice to jump in the car for the first time,” said Alonso, who will rejoin the team at the official Roar Before the 24 test on January 5-7.

Alonso added, “There’s quite a few switches and things to study so it was important to do this initial shakedown before Daytona, so I could fully learn about the car. I’m happy with everything – the car felt great and the team were fantastic. The atmosphere here is wonderful, like a big family, so today has been amazing. I cannot wait for Daytona.”

Team owner Zak Brown, who also serves as executive director of McLaren Technology Group and helps lead the McLaren Formula 1 effort, shared Alonso’s enthusiasm and was not surprised he was able to acclimate himself relatively quickly.

“Fernando’s first test with United Autosports went awesome as expected. He is a world champion and it is a pleasure to have him in our car,” he said of Alonso’s debut with the team.

Alonso is currently schedule to contest the Rolex 24 with the aforementioned Hanson and McLaren test driver Lando Norris.