By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter & NASCAR Contributor
Oriol Servia will substitute for Team Penske’s Will Power for today’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Power has been ruled out of today’s race due to a stomach virus. The Aussie was feeling unwell immediately after a brilliant qualifying performance yesterday and skipped the post qualifying press conference as a result.
Servia will start from the back of the field as a result, elevating teammate Simon Pagenaud to the top spot.
“I feel terrible for Will and just hope he feels better soon as he was my teammate a few years ago and he’s a good friend,” said Servia. “It’s not the way you want to get the opportunity to drive for Team Penske, but it will be an honor to race for the team and drive the fastest car on the grid today.”
Servia’s last race in IndyCar was last year’s season finale at Sonoma, where he finished 12th.
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