Will Power is sitting out today's IndyCar season opener at St. Petersburg, after feeling the effects of nausea.
On Friday, he crashed heavily during the first practice session. Series officials said in a statement today that he "displayed no signs of injury and was evaluated and cleared by the INDYCAR Medical team." However, they have confirmed that he sustained a "mild concussion."
Power was set to start the season opener from pole position. This marks the first time he has missed an IndyCar race since the 2009 season.
The rest of the statement: "Per INDYCAR protocol we also evaluated the data collected from his ear accelerometers, which provides data specific to the impact on a driver’s head, and nothing gathered from that data indicated further evaluation was required.
"After learning of Will’s symptoms following qualifications Saturday he was required to submit to another evaluation by INDYCAR Medical Director Geoffery Billows, at which point he was diagnosed with a mild concussion. Power has been entered into INDYCAR’s concussion protocol and will need to be re-evaluated prior to being cleared to drive.”
Oriol Servia is serving as the substitute driver for Power in today's race, piloting the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet.