Team Penske President Tim Cindric have confirmed that Will Power who missed the opening Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg at the weekend on medical grounds regardless of whether or not the Australian had been cleared to race.
It emerged on Wednesday that the 2014 IndyCar champion was not in fact suffering from a mild concussion as previously thought. Power had for the last few months been suffering from an inner ear infection. Speaking during an IndyCar teleconference on Wednesday Cindric stated:
I think the only discussion on Sunday morning was whether or not he should do one or two laps just to see how he feels in the car versus having a real run. It’s fair to say that with or without the diagnosis or whatever or any of the doctors’ orders on Sunday, he wasn’t going to drive
Power heads to the second race of the season in Phoenix next month 49 points behind team mate and points leader Juan Pablo Montoya who took victory last weekend however this doesn’t worry the Australian who was asked if he will put his foot down from now on:
Yeah. I mean, yeah, absolutely. I don’t look at the points anyway, just go for race wins. But yeah, it’s definitely the case here. You know, the double points races are going to be big for us, so real happy that they have them this year, as much as I would have been complaining about it otherwise. Yeah, double points could definitely turn things around.