During Sunday's IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of Toronto, Graham Rahal got into the back of Ryan Briscoe, sending Briscoe into the wall.
Briscoe was none too happy about the incident, furious on his in-car radio in the immediate aftermath, and expressed his frustrations via Twitter.
I wish Rahal could have tried making a clean move instead of punting me! Guess he doesn't care about championships being a part-timer..
Rahal -- the son of legendary open wheel driver Bobby Rahal, has been piecing together rides all season due to a lack of sponsorship. He was in a Newman/Haas/Lanigan car (his team last year) with sponsorship from QuikTrim Sunday. Briscoe drives for Team Penske along with Helio Castroneves and series points leader Will Power, who extended his points lead by winning Sunday's race.
Rahal, also an avid Twitterer, had this to say:
everyone say what you want. i made tons of clean moves today! @RyanBriscoe6 tough race, that's what you get for blocking and braking early!
@RyanBriscoe6 my style isn't to hit people, I hope everyone knows that. I had a run, was all the way to the right, and you blocked
Them's fightin' words! Of course, Briscoe didn't take too kindly to that response.
I didn't get the chance to see @GrahamRahal post race but will talk to him in Edmonton. He quite simply screwed up today and can't man up.
Add in Briscoe's wife, ESPN NASCAR reporter Nicole Briscoe, stirring the pot a little bit, and we've got the makings of a great Twitter feud.
If it wasn't for Twitter, we'd probably have no idea that Ryan Briscoe was still (presumably) mad at Rahal, as Rahal (fifth) and Briscoe (18th) finished outside of postrace media attention.
Of course, it's entirely possible that this is manufactured. Fake Twitter feuds aren't entirely new. Either way, it's great attention for the IndyCar Series.
- Graham Rahal
- Ryan Briscoe
- Bobby Rahal
- Nicole Briscoe