Will Power has been given the all clear to start driving

Following his back injury sustained in the Las Vegas 15-car pile-up that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon, two-time Indycar championship runner-up Will Power has been medically cleared to resume testing.

Diagnosed with two small compression fractures of his thoracic vertebrae, the popular Aussie was evaluated by IndyCar specialist orthopaedic surgeon Dr Terry Trammell and cleared to climb back into the car.

Power will participate in a previously scheduled two-day test of the 2012 Chevrolet powered Team Penske car at Barber Motorsports Park early next week, the scene of his Round 2 victory this season. With a recent history of back problems stemming from a broken back sustained in a practice accident at Sonoma in 2009, Power was upbeat at the positive news from his recent run of injury.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car. I actually haven’t had any pain in my back in the last couple of weeks and I am excited to continue testing the new Chevy IndyCar”, Power said.

[Text via Matt Lennon; Images via LAT]

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