INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — 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 protocols on Tuesday.
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. He was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms after the crash.
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.
CREDIT: INDYCAR Communications