Will Power cleared to drive for Sonoma, passes concussion protocol
Will Power will have a chance to beat Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, on Sept. 18.
The Australian has been cleared to drive by INDYCAR after passing concussion protocol this week, after not being cleared on site at Watkins Glen International following his contact with Charlie Kimball.
A statement from INDYCAR is below:
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Will Power has been cleared to resume driving by Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR medical director, after the Team Penske driver successfully passed concussion testing protocol today.
Power was assessed today at the University of Miami (Fla.) Concussion Center under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Olvey, retired director of the Neuro-Critical Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami who also served for 25 years as director of medical affairs with Championship Auto Racing Teams. During his examination, Power passed both the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) and Vestibular/Ocular-Motor Screening (VOMS) exams.
“Will is doing fine,” Dr. Olvey said. “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 was involved in a racing incident on Lap 39 of Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen presented by Hitachi, when his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet made contact with another car and veered into the barrier alongside the track.
Power trails championship leader Simon Pagenaud by 43 points with one race remaining in the season, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sept. 18.