With just a handful of laps to go in Sunday's IndyCar race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, rain started to fall, bringing out a caution flag. Despite moisture on the track and pleas from drivers and team owners alike to halt the race, IndyCar officials, led by chief official Brian Barnhart, lined them up to go back racing.
When they dropped the green flag, this happened:
That was Danica Patrick, running fifth at the time, who spun first, sparking a chain reaction of crashing race cars that included Will Power. As he stormed away from his wrecked car, a none-too-pleased Power motioned to officials in the race tower, giving them a double one-finger salute.
"I was begging [Barnhart], please do not go green," Power told ABC. "It's too slippery."
"[Barnhart] makes such bad calls all the time," Power said when asked if he would talk to Barnhart. "They cannot have this guy running the show because that was a decision to put many drivers in danger. It's no condition to race in; shame on him."
Power, running sixth at the time of the crash, went into the race second in the standings but stood to gain major ground on Dario Franchitti, who wrecked earlier in the race. Power wound up 10th, trimming Franchitti's lead from 63 to 47 points.
The wrecking race cars halted the race at which point officials reverted to the running order prior to the restart. That made Ryan Hunter-Reay the winner.
"Omg what a day," Patrick tweeted after the race. "The spin was all my fault but going green was was [sic] an incredibly bad idea in the rain with 650hp."
- Brian Barnhart
- Danica Patrick