Power fined $30,000 for outburst
26 August 2011 – Will Power has been fined 30,000 dollars (£18,400) for his furious outburst directed at IndyCar officials following the latest round of the series in New Hampshire. Having called to stop the race, the Penske driver was duly taken out of action as chaos erupted at the final restart on a damp track.
After the race, the Australian could be seen gesticulating angrily towards officials before labelling their decision not to stop the race as ‘disgraceful’. His punishment comes for what has been described as ‘Displaying unsportsmanlike conduct and using improper and profane gestures towards race control'.
“While the circumstances around the chequered flag were highly unusual, they do not justify this type of behaviour, especially in a family-friendly environment,” says Brian Barnhart, IndyCar’s President of Competition and Operations.
“Emotions are always on display in our sport and we know these actions are not indicative of Will's normal behaviour.”
Power has now been presented with an opportunity to appeal the decision, should he wish to do so, and attempt to reduce his fine by making public appearances on behalf of the championship organisers.
Power's dramatic outburst can be viewed at GPUpdate TV