Two-time IndyCar championship runner-up Will Power has been diagnosed with a compression fracture in his spine, more than two weeks after being involved in the multi-car pile-up at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that resulted in the tragic death of Dan Wheldon.
The Australian was taken to hospital after complaining of lower back pain, and was released shortly after with apparently no evidence of significant injuries following the crash, from which he was fortunate to emerge.
The Penske driver later withdrew from his his co-driving duties at last weekend’s V8 Supercars ArmorAll 600 on the grounds of his back injury.
However, with seemingly no sign of his back pain improving, he underwent further tests in Indianapolis on Monday, where he was diagnosed with a compression fracture of his fourth thoracic vertebra by IndyCar’s leading medico, Dr Terry Trammell.
Power is the second IndyCar driver to suffer a spinal injury this year. Dreyer & Reinbold’s Justin Wilson suffered a similar injury at the Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio after running off-course during practice. The injury ruled him out for the rest of the season, and he is set to return to competition in the new year.
He is expected to make a full recovery with rest and rehabilitation, but it still begs the question of why he wasn’t properly diagnosed first time around…
[Original image via LAT]