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."