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Will Power and Tony Kanaan out of Gold Coast V8 Supercar event after the accident that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon
Will Power and Tony Kanaan have both withdrawn from this weekend's Armor All Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar event following the horrific accident that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Power, who was one of the driver to be caught up in the multi-car incident in the opening stages of the race and was taken to hospital having complained of lower back pain.

As a result, the Penske Racing driver has been forced to sit out the event and will be replaced in the #5 Ford Performance Racing Falcon by GT racer Richard Lyons.

"On behalf of everyone at Ford Performance Racing I would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dan Wheldon," FPR team boss Tim Edwards said. "Our thoughts are also with Will Power at this tough time and we are just thankful he has escaped without any serious injury.”

Following Power's withdrawal, Brazilian racer Kanaan has also announced that he will miss the event in order to grieve back in the United States, with sportscar ace Allan Simonsen being named as his replacement in the Jana Living Holden Commodore.

"I read the news about Dan Wheldon on the internet this morning after getting a call from my son,” team co-owner Brad Jones said. “I couldn't believe the accident. I knew that he and Tony were quite close after they drove together at Andretti Autosport.

“His mentor, Steve Horne, called me to say Tony needed time to grieve this morning and I totally understand that. I've lost people close to me and, whether expected or unexpected, it's a terrible thing.”



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Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, March 30, 2014 during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 finished third. (Photo by LAT/ Russell LaBounty for Chevy Racing)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, March 30, 2014 during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Florida. Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6 finished third. (Photo by LAT/ Michael L. Levitt for Chevy Racing)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power and Helio astroneves celebrate on the podium. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power and Helio astroneves celebrate on the podium. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth and Marco Andretti crash during a restart attempt. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates with the Penske team. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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