Will Power feeling better, planning Tuesday test at Barber for return

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As he was cleared to drive on Wednesday, Will Power took time to discuss what happened to him during the weekend at St. Petersburg from the lead-in to the weekend through his being ruled out of competition.

“Yeah, feeling better, and obviously it’s great to be cleared to get back in the car again. That’s the best medicine you can have,” he said Wednesday during a conference call.

“I think obviously it was tough having to watch the race with someone else driving your car, but yeah, I mean, that’s just the way it went. Got to move forward.”

Power said he didn’t feel great going into the weekend, and things got worse as the weekend went on.

“Well, actually the third day when I turned up to track, I had very swollen glands around my ears. You know, so I wasn’t 100 percent then,” he explained.

“Obviously Dr. (Terry) Trammell and Dr. (Stephen) Olvey talked about the muscle tension, the neck was most probably the cause of the headaches. But I wasn’t — on Friday after the crash, I was okay. But I got out, felt fine, got in the car, felt fine, did practice, and then — yeah, it was that night that I started to feel — started to have some of these symptoms.

“Yeah, and then that kind of continued on into Saturday and kind of got worse, and then it came to the point where I had to say something to the medical staff.”

Power pressed on through qualifying, but was less inclined to drive afterwards come Sunday.

“Before qualifying I wasn’t feeling very good, and I wasn’t sure whether I should do it or not,” he said. “I was kind of keeping it to myself, and yeah, I just thought, I’ll just go out, see how it is, and kind of did one lap on black tires, and then just kind of went from there and just kept it short. I just really was just doing one more lap and a lap and then pitting. But yeah, I wasn’t feeling good at that point.

“Sunday morning, yeah, I was, yeah, that’s when I was questioning. Obviously it’s tough to say you don’t want to get in the race car, but I just had those symptoms that the doctors had talked about. So at that point it went to this SCAT test, and yeah, determined at that point that I had all the symptoms of a concussion.

“You know, it’s tough to say. Obviously I wanted to get in the car, but on the other hand, when you feel you’ve got a concussion, that’s also very concerning.”

Power said he’s less worried going forward about matters, as his infection feels better.

“My inner ear is feeling better. I don’t have headaches or nausea, and yes, I’ll be testing Barber next Tuesday to make up for the test. Yeah, that’ll be good to get back in the car.

“Actually I had an at-Phoenix test, and I actually had the infection when I was there, and it didn’t seem to be a problem. I’m not worried about that.”

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.