Barnhart later admitted
that the decision to attempt a restart had been a mistake. His decision to "undo" the restart and leave the final running order as it had been before the green flag briefly came out was subject to a protest
earlier this week by Newman/Haas Racing who contended that Oriol Servia should have been declared the winner, but the protest was dismissed and the original results giving the win to Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay were upheld.
However, IndyCar made the point that regardless of the circumstances or that the outburst and gestures had been initially triggered by Barnhart's mistaken restart call, the driver's response was nonetheless an inappropriate response from a professional race car driver.
The penalty was expected. Power's team owner Roger Penske had even been quoted as saying on race day that he would volunteer to pay the fine on Power's when it was levied, after suggesting that Power's feelings on the officiating were shared by the majority of people on pit road.
Under IndyCar rules, Power still has the right to protest the penalty.