Will Power was laid back and happy after returning to the cockpit for the first time since setting the track record and winning the pole for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg earlier this month.

The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion sat out the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season opener a day later due to the effects of an inner-ear infection that prompted concussion-like symptoms, including nausea, headaches and neck stiffness. It was only after a thorough battery of tests the day after the race that Power was determined not to have sustained a concussion.

IndyCar medics cleared the 35-year old Australian to resume driving and, following a week to recover under prescribed medication, he was on track at Barber. Getting back in the car was 'no problem' according to Power after he ran through a planned test programme set up by team engineer David Faustino, and the Team Penske driver is now looking forward to getting back to racing at one of his favourite venues.

"It felt good, really good," Power reported after a day-long solo test on Tuesday (22 March), "It was basically a combination of getting back in the car with the race coming up. It all helps out. I know this track like the back of my hand."



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