Being a race official is one of those things that nobody notices until it goes wrong. And wrong it went this past weekend in New Hampshire.

The IndyCar race there was stopped eight laps from the end due to wet conditions, but rather than call the race there or wait for the weather to clear up, the league's competition chief Brian Barnhart evidently opted to restart the race over the vehement objections of many drivers and team chiefs.

Few were as livid, however, as Will Power. The Australian multi-race winner was one of several who were taken out of the race when Danica Patrick spun out, but it was what transpired next that caught the eye of many observers. After climbing out of his wrecked car unscathed, Power made a b-line to the race officials he blamed for the bad call. And just to drive the point home, he flipped them the double birdie. On camera.

Even though his frustration seemed justified, the Penske driver (who finished second in the championship last year and was hoping to take the lead in this year's standings after Dario Franchitti retired earlier in the race) will likely face some sort of punitive measures for his conduct. Follow the jump to watch the ABC Sports video that includes the entire restart (with Power's angry gesticulation around the four-minute mark) and the link for more on the incident.



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      gary
      • 3 Years Ago
      I though Power's double-bird salute was epic! Restarting the race in those conditions was the wost call in Barnhart's long history of dumb, dangerous, inconsistent, wrong, and just-plain-bad calls. Power had the guts to do what a majority of the drivers felt like doing at that moment. Behinds the scenes I'm guessing there were plenty of high fives, pats on the back, and "ata-boys" from his peers. They universally despise the officiating in the league the last few years. Were Power's actions hot-headed, unprofessional, immature, and slightly vulgar even? Absolutely. But when lives, cars ,and championship aspirations are exposed to excessive risk because some suit in a booth wants to finish under a green flag, consequences be damned, I don't mind seeing a little raw emotion from one of the participants affected.
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      He should've followed up with a stone-cold stunner on one of the officials.
      montegod7ss
      • 3 Years Ago
      Danica Patrick spun out? Surely not.
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      Coop
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, you guys are right on top of this one. It only happened 3 days ago. Lol. BB is a dolt, race should have never been restarted with everyone on slicks and that kind of rain. Poor call on the official.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Guess he lacked the willpower to calm down.
      Josh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course Danica is the only one who spun when hitting the gas. They probably would have wrecked in turn 1, but this is just further proof of how bad she really is.
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      boomchakalaka
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know that bloggers are low-intelligence hacks who regurgitate news from other sources in trite and hackneyed posts, but don't they at least have to be functional illiterates?
      Swordman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will Power must have a lot of will power to keep him from lashing out at all the puns he must have been subjected to all his life. Here, he didn't have the will power, unfortunately.
      shawoo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing just amazing. What other sport can you get away with attemped murder. EVERONE knew to not to start that race. As a fan of open wheel racing for over 40 years. I can not believe they started that race. I told my wife the officals are trying to kill someone today. Who in there right mind starts an INDY car race in the wet, on an oval, at a slippery track like New Hampshire?
      fastaudi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Need I remind you that all oval races suck ? Not to mention that not having intermediate tires for rain/drizzle is retarded. The only fun part is the accidents as long as no one is injured.
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