Oriel Servia will start today’s Verizon IndyCar Series opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet in place of the ill Will Power who sat this morning’s warm up session.
Servia will start the race from the back of field. Speaking about filling in for Power, Servia said:
“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, 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.”
Penske Racing President Tim Cindric commented by saying:
Obviously this is a very difficult decision to make in the first race of the season, but Will’s health and safety is the most important thing to consider, We hope Will makes a speedy recovery and with Oriol’s professionalism and experience, we know he’ll do a solid job for our team.”
As a result Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Team Penske will start from pole.