• Jul 9, 2007
Scott Dixon won the Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix this past weekend. Who cares? There was another altercation in the pits following the one between Danica Patrick and Dan Wheldon after the Milwaukee race in early June. This weekend's tangle, however, had a twist. In one corner we have Andretti Green Racing driver Tony Kanaan, the Vin Diesel of IRL we like to say. In the other corner we have... Sam Hornish Jr.'s dad, Sam Hornish Sr. Whaa?

Here's the run up. Early in the race Hornish Jr. and Kanaan made contact in a corner. Hornish got the edge there, which prompted Kanaan to attempt pushing him into the wall going into the pits after the race. With cars parked, Hornish Jr. approached Kanaan before the Brazilian had even gotten out of his car. Clearly words were said, but both drivers still had their helmets on. Hornish Jr. backs off, but after exiting his car Kanaan follows. Before you know it, Hornish SENIOR, who had begun restraining his son, turns around and plants a nice two-handed shove on Kanaan. Kanaan is literally stunned and stands there with what must be the look to end all looks hidden under his helmet.

Had Kanann and Hornish Jr. been left to work it out with words, most agree it would have gone no further, but the shove invited a whole mess of bystanders to enter the ensuing fray, which somehow resulted in Hornish Sr. hitting the ground.

Kanaan was quoted after the race saying, "That's why dads should be in the grandstands, not in the pits." BURN! Seriously, after watching the video, we had to wonder what the hell this guy in a short-sleeve button-down shirt from Sears was doing amongst the crowd of racing professionals.

The video is embedded after the jump, and a great write up of the action with quotes from each driver can be found by clicking the Read link.

[Source: Indy Car and ESPN]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Unlike most people commenting, I actually watched the race.

      Weak by both drivers to run their mouthes at each other with their helmets on. That's what an F1 driver would do, if there was actually something interesting to fight over. This is America boys.

      If we could hear what Tony said before Sam Sr. shoved him, we'd probably agree that Tony needed to be set straight. Nothing better than getting hit by a gray haired old man.

      Tony was not professional about the whole thing. He ran into Sam Jr. after the race was over for payback over a racing incident. Settle it in the pits after the race is over like Sam tried to do (before Daddy got involved).

      At least no one walked away like a pansy like in the Danica/Wheldon rant. I didn't know there was such a thing as a pretty boy Englishman but we found one. Not in the face Danica! Not in the face!

      That was Andretti Green's Indy Pro Series driver wrestling with Sam Sr. What the heck was that all about? I thought he was a drunk fan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      High School Football Horses*&t.

      Amateur.

      Tony Kanaan was very professional about the whole thing. Sam was OK too. Dad needs to drink a little more of whichever brew sponsors them and chill out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah. Nascar.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Show me a finish in F1, where a car crosses the finish on it's roof, en flambe!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I enjoyed watching the brawl.

      John Neff.... you are the one who doesn't belong reporting on the incident, your bias against a Dad and comments on his 'Sears' shirt ... is quite pathetic to say the least.
      • 7 Years Ago
      On one of the Speed shows the guy hanging around was referred to a "one of the 'friends' of Team Andretti."

      WOW! What's that? A little 'muscle' hanging around one of the teams.

      Creepy!

      • 7 Years Ago
      It would have been funnier if it had been his mom. But that dad did look like a bit of a prick though. As did that other dweeb who was hanging about. The drivers seemed to know better than to throw down amongst fast moving cars, gasoline and powertools. I think the wives should duke it out next.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is why American races series are three ring circuses. It's this kind of crap that make drivers look like a bunch of childish clowns.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should've given Tony and Sam lightsabers; duke it out that way. Very silly little brawl, as it is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Champ Car > IRL
      • 7 Years Ago
      I disagree. That's the kind of entertaining writing that I like about Autoblog. If one desires just the facts and no colorful commentary I recommend the sports section of USA Today.
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