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Power accepts penalty, apologises again
27 August 2011
Will Power is looking to put the furore over the controversial end of the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway behind him, and has confirmed that he not be looking to contest the $30,000 fine handed down by IndyCar on Thursday.
"I accept the penalty administered by IndyCar and I understand that the series has to make a reasonable effort to ensure that this type of behavior will not be repeated by anyone else in the future," said Power, in a press release from Team Penske.
Power flipped off officials in race control on live television, and also verbally laid into Brian Barnhart, senior race official at New Hampshire and IndyCar president of competition and operations, for the decision to try a late restart while the oval track was still wet which resulted in Danica Patrick spinning and the aftermath catching up Power and a number of other drivers.
Power apologised for his reactions and remarks at Loudon, and has reiterated his regrets in a new apology following the imposition of the IndyCar penalty.
"I have expressed my feelings about the incident that prompted my poor behaviour and I've apologized and continue to regret the inappropriate gesture I made as well," he said. "Now, I am just looking forward to getting back on track this weekend and trying to earn the best possible results moving forward for Team Penske."
Penske Racing also issued a statement in which they made it clear that they need not share or endorse the comments made by Power on the day, or his behaviour or the now-infamous flipping gestures.
"Team Penske does not condone or approve of the actions taken by Will Power in the aftermath of the restart that was subsequently aborted in the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway," said Tim Cindric, president of Penske Racing.
"Clearly Will, like many of the drivers in the field, was very frustrated with the decision that was made by Race Control to restart the race under dangerous conditions and he let his emotions get the best of him. The team has addressed this incident with Will and we are ready to move forward."
"While the circumstances around the chequered flag were highly unusual, they do not justify this type of behaviour, especially in a family-friendly environment," Barnhart had responded in the penalty notification. "Emotions always are on display in our sport and we know these actions are not indicative of Will's normal behaviour," he concluded, in a more conciliatory tone.
As well as the financial penalty, Power has also been placed under probation by the series for the remainder of the 2011 season.
In a slightly unusual move that suggests a possible nod at the odd circumstances that led to Power's outburst, IndyCar has offered Power the alternative to be able to "work off" the fine through a series of public appearances on behalf of IndyCar.
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