ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Will Power, who won the Verizon P1 Award on March 12 for capturing the pole position for today's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, missed the season-opening race for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series with what has been diagnosed a concussion.
Veteran driver Oriol Servia, who had made 197 career Indy car starts prior to today, drove the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevy in the morning warm-up and and in the 110-lap race.
INDYCAR released a statement on Power's condition:
"Following his on-track incident on Friday, Will Power displayed no signs of injury and was evaluated and cleared by the INDYCAR medical team. Per INDYCAR protocol, we also evaluated the data collected from his ear accelerometers, which provides data specific to the impact on a driver’s head, and nothing gathered from that data indicated further evaluation was required. After learning of Will’s symptoms following qualifications Saturday, he was required to submit to another evaluation by INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows, at which point he was diagnosed with a mild concussion. Power has been entered into INDYCAR’s concussion protocol and will need to be re-evaluated prior to being cleared to drive."
Servia, 41, most recently raced in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway where he earned a 12th-place finish. The Spaniard has one career win, at Montreal in 2005.
“I feel terrible for Will and just hope he feels better soon, as he was my teammate a few years ago and he’s a good friend,” said Servia. “It’s not the way you want to get the opportunity to drive for Team Penske, but it will be an honor to race for the team and drive the fastest car on the grid today.”