Will Power fined $30,000 and put on probation after New Hampshire outburst
|By Jamie O'Leary||Thursday, August 25th 2011, 20:47 GMT|
Will Power has been fined US$30,000 and put on probation for the rest of the season following his outburst against IndyCar race officials at the last round at New Hampshire.
The Penske driver ended up in the wall after trying to avoid Danica Patrick's spinning car when the race was restarted in wet conditions eight laps from the end.
After remonstrating with officials from inside the car, he later branded their actions as "disgraceful" during a TV interview and said that resuming the event in such conditions had put drivers in serious danger.
Power's punishment comes after he was found to have 'displayed unsportsmanlike conduct and used improper and profane gestures towards race control'.
IndyCar president of competition and operations Brian Barnhart said: "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 behavior."
Power has been given the chance to appeal the decision and will also have the option to work off some of his fine by making a series of public appearances on behalf of IndyCar.