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Servia Substituted For Power Due to Mild Concussion

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Will Power suffered through a stomach illness during yesterday’s qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, but despite that ailment, he set a new track record in qualifying.

Power skipped the post-qualifying press conference, and this morning it was announced that longtime journeyman Oriol Servia would substitute.

INDYCAR announced that Power was diagnosed with a mild concussion following Saturday’s qualifications. No medical symptoms were obvious following Power’s accident during Friday’s practice, and his earpieces didn’t reveal any concerning data regarding any impacts to his head. However, after hearing of Power’s symptoms, INDYCAR required Power to undergo an evaluation by Medical Director Geoffrey Billows, who then diagnosed Power with the concussion.

This would be a major reversal of fortune for Power at St. Petersburg. He drove at St. Petersburg in 2009 substituting for Helio Castroneves during Castroneves’s tax evasion trial.

Servia substituted in his second consecutive IndyCar race, as he drove for Andretti Autosport following Justin Wilson’s accident at Pocono last year.

Servia would finish 18th in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Originally reported by Christopher DeHarde pre-race, with additional updates added by others throughout the date

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Christopher DeHarde is a native of Luling, Louisiana and has contributed to Motorsport.com, Motorsports Tribune, The New Orleans Advocate and Race22.com. He’s a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Mass Communication and has been writing about motorsports since 2014. Primarily covering the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Mazda Road to Indy, DeHarde has also covered the FIA World Endurance Championship, Pirelli World Challenge and NASCAR.

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