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IZOD IndyCar Series runner-up--for the past two seasons--Will Power has been cleared to test the new 2012 Chevrolet Indy car next week.
Power sustained two small compression fractures of his thoracic vertebrae in a 15-car accident on the 11th lap of the season closer on the 1.5-mile oval, the same crash that claimed the life of 2011 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon. Power has been taking it easy as requested by his doctors as he recovers from his injuries.
Dr Terry Trammell, the orthopedic surgeon treating Power, performed additional evaluations of the Australian driver this week and determined Power is ready to participate in a previously-scheduled two-day test at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., next Monday and Tuesday, November 14-15.
Power is understandably pleased to be getting a chance to drive the new 2012 Chevy Indy car next week and by Dr Trammell's diagnosis.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car. I actually haven't had any pain in my back in a couple of weeks and I am excited to continue testing the new Chevy Indy car," he said.
Barber Motorsports Park is a circuit Power undeniably enjoys driving. In the inaugural April 2010 race on the permanent road course he finished fourth; this past April Power brought home a victory for the Verizon Team Penske squad, en route to his second consecutive runner-up spot in the final 2011 standings.
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