After reportedly reconsidering his racing future following the massive crash at the IndyCar season finale in Las Vegas, in which Dan Wheldon was killed and he suffered another back injury, Will Power said Wednesday he remains committed to IndyCar racing. The Australian added that he has confidence that the IndyCar Series will effectively apply the lessons from the Vegas tragedy.
"I am committed, I am staying in IndyCar, simple as that,'' Power told the Associated Press. "I see how committed [IndyCar CEO] Randy Bernard is to making it safer, and that gives me confidence.'' the Team Penske racer added.
Power's car went airborne in the Oct. 16 accident and hit the wall that had an energy-absorbing SAFER barrier at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was hospitalized with lower back pain and subsequently diagnosed with a broken vertebra – the second serious back injury he has suffered in IndyCars. He also broke two vertebrae in a 2009 crash at Sonoma's Infineon Raceway.
While his back injury will temporarily keep Power out of the cockpit, Penske Racing president Tim Cindric said his driver is already mentally ready to to return to action.
"I think the best medicine for any racecar driver is to get him back in the car, get him back to what it is he does,'' Cindric told the AP. "Obviously, he was very lucky for how it turned out for him. But he's a racecar driver, and he's ready to compete.
"Is he ready to test? Ready to go back out? If we had a race tomorrow, he'd be ready to go.''