Power hits out at IndyCar officials
15 August 2011 – Will Power has heavily criticised the decision to run the final few laps under green flag conditions at New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon, with the Penske driver crashing out as a result of the increasing rain. The Australian was particularly angry at IndyCar President of Competition Brian Barnhard, arguing that he should no longer be in charge.
"I was begging them, begging them, saying please do not go green," Power explained after the race. "So was everyone else as the track was in no condition to restart. To me it was disgraceful. It was a decision which put a lot of guys in danger."
"I just can't believe the decision they made, what are they doing up there? They cannot have this guy (Brian Barnhart) running the show, he makes such bad calls all the time. Shame on him. I lost my temper, and that was bad of me but I just couldn't help it. We begged them, begged them, not to do it."
Barnhart said he ‘felt sick to the stomach’ after the collisions, but insists there is a fine balance between safety and putting on a spectacle for the fans.
"No matter what, our No. 1 priority in every decision we make is safety," he said. "They're counting on you to make the right decision. Obviously, toward the end of that race, with the attempted restart, we made the wrong one.
"And that's one of those things that just makes you feel sick to your stomach. You want to make every effort that you can for the fans watching on television and the ones that are in the grandstands here, but you can't do that at the expense of safety."
Power's post-race reaction can be seen at GPUpdateTV