IndyCar » Power blasts race director Barnhart

Will Power was incandescent over the decision of race director Brian Barnhart to restart Sunday's race despite a wet track, a call that led to a multi-car wreck and a red flag.

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August 15, 2011 8:34 AM

You can act that way when they play with your lives like that. Political correctness can cause deaths. Indycar, in my eyes, has become an absolute freaking joke lately. It is about the show and money. Not about racing and safety.

bojan - Unregistered

August 15, 2011 11:32 AM

Normally I would say professional sportsmen should keep the lid on their feelings about the administrators, but this was an incredibly stupid decision by Barnhart, just for the sake of "putting on a show" for the fans. Even I know that ovals and a wet track don't mix.

And Robin Miller's comments at the end just about sum up what is wrong with current attitudes to motor racing - true enthusiasts do NOT go to see cars crashing and upside down, only the mindless *****s that the sport would be better off without.

Owen Hamilton - Unregistered

August 15, 2011 12:31 PM

I totally agree with all the comments, Barnhart needs to go, also what was with the tyre barrier instead of a SAFER barrier? TK probably would not have rolled if the tyres had not been there, I was very glad that almost immediately after the car had stopped you heard on the coverage his team ask if he was ok and he said yes immediately, It must be quite hard to find the button on the steering wheel when you are upside down. Lastly what is Takuma Sato doing in Indycar, he was rubbish in F1 and not much better in Indycar!!!

Dale - Unregistered

August 15, 2011 2:33 PM

It was a stupid decision, but I gained a huge amount of respect for Brain Barnhart when he appeared on international TV himself, put up his hand & admitted the mistake, & also did something to fix the problem so that guys like Power weren't penalized by the error.

They could easily have allowed the results to stand with Power & co as DNF's ... & he could have sent a spokesperson to face the media.

Any mistake is forgivable as long as it doesnt happen a second time, & I think they they all learnt alot from what happened.

SP3 - Unregistered

August 15, 2011 3:53 PM

The problem is Dale, that Brian and company make M0RON1C calls almost weekly. For years now. It is way past time for him, and probably the entire officiation group, to be replaced.

Terrific, Dump IRL mangement and get REAL T.V. coverage for this KIT CAR Series with only one Japan motor. Never saw a green flag thrown on an OVAL, in the rain! Road courses YES! Was Al "alky" Unser,Jr. even sober or was his getting another lap dance from one of the few STRIPPERS he has not beat up yet? As a minor race team owner / vintage sportscar racer,hydroplane driver, owner,LeMans 81 class winner, gentleman driver since 1960 I pitty the hard to obtain SPONSORS for trying to justify this SERIES, MIS management. Robyn Lyle, Max Tochner, TIDE ferrari racing, palm beach.

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