Power cleared to race after Miami medical examination


Will Power - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Will Power has been cleared to resume racing after being examined by the medical team at the University of Miami Concussion Center, and is now ready to take the fight to Team Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud for the title at Sonoma Raceway later this month.

The Australian was checked and released from the medical centre at Watkins Glen International on Sunday after crashing into the barrier following a collision with Charlie Kimball on Lap 39, but was at that point not cleared to race due to possible concussion symptoms, but Power has now overcome that obstacle that threatened to derail his title chances.

“Will is doing fine,” said Dr. Stephen Olvey, who oversaw the tests. “He flew down to the University of Miami Concussion Center early this morning and we conducted two sophisticated tests to determine if he’d suffered a concussion over the weekend, and he passed both of them with no issue whatsoever.”

Power is 43 points behind team-mate Pagenaud in the standings with just the season finale at Sonoma to come, and the advantage is firmly in the hands of the Frenchman, with a fifth place finish enough for the title even if Power was to win the double points race.