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.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”