Never underestimate the power of the middle finger. After a rain-delay restart ordered by IndyCar officials at New Hampshire Motor Speedway resulted in a crash, driver Will Power chose to express his displeasure by giving those officials a taste of universal sign language with both hands. The event happened on August 14, and chief race steward Brian Barnhart eventually issued an apology for the decision to get the competition underway again after calling the race off. Still, that hasn't stopped IndyCar from levying a $30,000 fine against Power for his display, which was caught by television cameras.
Power was given the option to either pay the fine out of pocket or work it off through appearances on behalf of the Izod IndyCar Series. The racer has reportedly chosen to do the latter, noting that $30,000 is a lot of money. We're inclined to agree.

Interestingly, other drivers have come to Power's defense by urging fans to donate one dollar to the Penske team to help offset Power's fine. Power, meanwhile, says that he'll donate any money that comes in to the families of the victims of the Indianapolis fair disaster and the victims of the recent flooding in his native Australia.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      Grant
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love how the raising of the middle finger is considered so offensive in the U.S. He's Australian, it's no big deal here. (and the gesture doesn't get blurred out on our TV either :-0 ) Still, a juvenile thing to do though.
      EricG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fans donate $1 to Penske? Seriously? That is the best idea the racers could come up with?
      Reece Lightning
      • 3 Years Ago
      one decision could've potentially killed a few people and one had no chance of killing anybody...guess which one gets a fine :/
      bcworkz
      • 3 Years Ago
      In this case, Power's anger was justified, but still, it's no excuse for his action. In a broader sense, disrespect towards sporting officials cannot be condoned. It sets a bad example, especially for younger, more impressionable fans. Disrespect of sports officials is a downward spiral to the sort of chaos portrayed by pro wrestling. No sport deserves that. In most sports, bad things happen to good people. Unfortunate, but it happens. Good sportsmen man up and take it, they don't resort to juvenile displays.
      ijardine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Indycar should be paying Power $30K as they got perhaps $3mm in free publicity from this. They need to encourage angst.
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      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aww c'mon they only fined him that much because of the publicity and wealth he has. He didn't use his hands to sucker punch the offending official, just gave the double bird. When did that hurt anything besides overinflated egos?
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