Power Punished for Obscene Gesture
Pointing both middle fingers into the air at officials earlier this month at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will cost Will Power $30,000 -- or the equivalent in public appearances on behalf of the Izod IndyCar Series.
Power said he'll choose to do the work, although he doesn't know how many days that will entail.
"It's probably a pretty obvious choice," he said Thursday. "Thirty thousand is a lot of money."
That's half of what Helio Castroneves was docked last year for throwing a tantrum and confronting an IndyCar official after the Edmonton race.
Power was angry after the Aug. 14 race that chief steward Brian Barnhart restarted in the rain despite pleas from the drivers not to do so. Barnhart admitted his mistake and apologized.
Power apologized for his gesture that was caught by a television camera, saying it was out of character for him. He also apologized to Team Penske and sponsor Verizon.
Fellow IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was among those who came to Power's defense Thursday. Hinchcliffe posted a note on Twitter encouraging fans to send $1 each to Team Penske for Power's cause.
Wrote Hinchcliffe: "I'll throw in $20."
If such a campaign gets rolling, Power said he would ask the money be donated to victims of the Australian floods and Indiana State Fair stage collapse. He will still do the work, he said.