The Verizon IndyCar Series have confirmed that after extensive medical tests Team Penske’s Will Power is not suffering from a mild concussion following his crash during Friday practice of last weekend’s season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
As a result, the Australian have been cleared to return to IndyCar competition meaning he will take part in the Phoenix Grand Prix which takes place at the beginning of April.
Verizon IndyCar Series safety consultant Dr Terry Trammell commented by saying:
The doctors at the University of Miami concluded Power’s symptoms were not the result of a concussion, and may have been related to a lingering inner-ear infection for which he was being treated, There is no evidence that he sustained a concussion in the crash on Friday, which is consistent with his ear accelerometer data and the mandatory screening evaluation conducted after his crash.
Dr Trammell concluded by saying:
Given the nature of his inner-ear infection, it would have been extremely difficult for Will to pass the SCAT, which is what ultimately led to the concussion diagnosis, At the University of Miami they conducted a week’s worth of testing in one day and Will was seen by multiple physicians. The doctors concluded definitively that Will had not sustained recent head trauma.