Power St Petersburg participation in doubt


Will Power’s participation in the 2016 season-opening Verizon IndyCar Series race around the streets of St Petersburg due to illness.

The thirty-five-year-old Australian sat out the Sunday morning warm-up session due to a stomach virus having complained of being less than 100% after qualifying on Saturday where he took pole position with a new track record of 1m00.2450s in a Team Penske 1-2-3-4.

Should 2014 IndyCar Series champion Power be unable to take the start, veteran Spaniard Oriol Servia will pilot the #12 Team Penske entry having participated in the warm-up himself, finishing ninth fastest.

Forty-one-year-old Servia last participated in the IndyCar series during the season finale in 2015 at Sonoma when he replaced the late Justin Wilson in the #25 Andretti Autosport entry.

Should Servia take the start, he will be his 198th start across CART/Champ Car and Indycar, and will be his first start at St Petersburg since 2013.

Takuma Sato led the way in the warm-up session for AJ Foyt Enterprises ahead of Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden.