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.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.