Verizon Team Penske’s Tim Cindric has confirmed that Will Power has been suffering from an inner ear infection for the last month and that is why there was a delay in diagnosing the Australian’s mild concussion that forced him to sit out the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg at the weekend.
Power won the P1 Award for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Saturday. Cindric stated:
Will has had some concussions in the past but that was more a discussion when the doctor saw him [on Sunday] morning. He came here with an inner-ear infection that he has been fighting for the last month or so. And we had a guy on the team with the stomach flu so looking at all those things we didn’t think what happened Friday was that hard of a hit.
Power was replaced by Oriol Servia in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet and ended the race in 18th place having started the race from 22nd place.
Cindric spoke about Power’s recovery time saying:
Right now it’s a very mild concussion and it should be a 24- to 48-hour recovery period.
Power will now enter IndyCar’s concussion protocol and will have to pass a number of medical checks before he is cleared to race at the Phoenix Grand Prix at the start of April. Cindric believes that missing the opening race won’t impact Power’s championship event saying:
A lot of guys have started out in the hole here and sometimes the guys that don’t do well at St. Pete are OK, We certainly won’t give up and hopefully it will all come back around for him.
Power’s Penske team Juan Pablo Montoya took victory at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg leading a Penske 1-2.