IndyCar title contender Will Power has been slapped with a US$30,000 fine and placed on probation for the rest of the season following his fiery outburst against the series’ race officials following the New Hampshire race.
The Australian was an innocent victim in a multi-car pile-up at the final restart, with Power describing the decision to throw the green flag on a damp oval circuit as “disgraceful”.
IndyCar Series official found that the Penske driver “displayed unsportsmanlike conduct and used improper and profane gestures towards race control” in the wake of his accident, which resulted in him losing a potential opportunity to overhaul championship leader Dario Franchitti.
The series’ head of competition and operations, Brian Barnhardt – the man to whom Power directed much of his anger for making the decision to restart the race – added: “While the circumstances around the chequered flag were highly unusual, they do not justify this type of behaviour, especially in a family-friendly environment.
“Emotions always are on display in our sport and we know these actions are not indicative of Will’s normal behaviour.”
Power can appeal the decision if he so wishes, and there is also the option to lessen the value of his fine by making a series of public appearances on behalf of the championship.
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