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IndyCar rookie Hawksworth back after Pocono crash

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm •  Published: July 10, 2014

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Jack Hawksworth hit the wall at Pocono so hard that he hurt his heart.

Hawksworth hopes the wreck won't halt the momentum of his promising rookie season in IndyCar.

Hawksworth arrived for pre-race preparations at Iowa Speedway on Thursday, just four days after being released from the hospital.

Hawksworth missed last weekend's race at Pocono Raceway after a nasty crash during a practice run. The 23-year-old native of England was diagnosed with a myocardial contusion — more commonly known as a bruised heart — but he has been cleared to race on Saturday.

"I'm feeling a lot better. A bit sore still," said Hawksworth, who is 16th in the IndyCar standings. "I guess at the time it was a bit more worrying ... but it's OK and I'm ready to go again."

Hawksworth's return to the track was quick considering what happened in the hours following his wreck.

Hawksworth drove his No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport entry down to the apron of Pocono's first turn when he got loose. The car fishtailed as it rose to the top of the track, and Hawksworth was backward when he drilled the wall.

Although Hawksworth said he had "the wind knocked out of him," he felt largely fine in the moments immediately following the crash. But soon after being evaluated and released from the infield care center, Hawksworth knew his weekend was over.

"I just began to get a big headache. I got sick. I just didn't feel right," Hawksworth said. "Initially it was just a feeling of being very unwell."

Fortunately for Hawksworth, it turned out to more of a minor scare than anything else. He spent the night at a hospital and was released the next day.

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