Servia will know ‘within next hour’ if he’s subbing for sick Power

Oriol Servia says he will know soon whether he is to substitute for St. Petersburg polesitter Will Power, who has been struck with a stomach virus.

Power was unable to attend yesterday’s post-qualifying press conference due to illness, following his record-setting pole lap around the 1.8-mile street course.

Today, Oriol Servia drove the #12 Team Penske-Chevrolet in the Sunday morning warm-up, setting the ninth fastest time and second quickest of the Penske entries.

Immediately after the session, he said: “I will know in about the next hour, I think, whether I’m racing the car. It’s down to how Will feels.”

The Catalan, who was teammates with Power back in 2008 at KV Racing, said: “I got to town a night ago. Then yesterday afternoon I was joking with Tim [Cindric, team president] about running a fifth car for the Indy 500. He said, ‘I don’t know about that, but we may need you tomorrow afternoon!’

“So here I am. I would have to make some changes to the car. It’s tough, but I think I’m ready if I’m needed.”

An official Team Penske spokesperson said regarding Power: "A final assessment has not yet been made whether Will is going to start the race. It depends on how Will feels and we haven't reached that decision yet."

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Series IndyCar
Event St. Pete
Track St. Petersburg Street Course
Drivers Oriol Servia , Will Power
Teams Team Penske
Article type Breaking news