Servià confirmed to replace unwell Power
13 March 2016 – Penske has confirmed that Oriol Servià will replace Will Power for today's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, due to the pole sitter suffering from nausea.
Power battled through illness on Saturday to collect pole position but skipped media duties and was consequently replaced by the Spaniard for Sunday morning's warm-up session.
Penske has now announced that Power will sit out the race, with Servia set to drive the No. 12 car.
Servià will start at the back of the grid, as per IndyCar regulations, with Simon Pagenaud in line to assume pole position after originally qualifying in second place.
"Obviously this is a very difficult decision to make in the first race of the season, but Will's health and safety is the most important thing to consider," said Penske Racing President Tim Cindric.
"We hope Will makes a speedy recovery and with Oriol's professionalism and experience, we know he'll do a solid job for our team."
Servià finished a high of fourth in the standings in 2011 while competing for Newman/Haas Racing and finished 12th in last year's season-ending race at Sonoma, one of two outings in 2015.
"I feel terrible for Will and just hope he feels better soon as he was my team-mate a few years ago and he's a good friend," said Servià.
"It's not the way you want to get the opportunity to drive for Penske, but it will be an honour to race for the team and drive the fastest car on the grid today."