Will Power gains ‘living legend’ status at New Hampshire

This week’s IndyCar race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway had everything:

  • Wince as popular rookie Pippa Mann injures herself by smashing into a concrete wall with no SAFER barrier
  • Gasp with concern as cars wreck against the inside of the track, hitting ragged tire barriers and narrowly missing bare armco
  • Frown as the huge potential capacity of the venue goes unused, empty grandstands making a respectable first-year crowd (30,000) look like 3 men and a dog
  • Worry as the ragged tire barrier flips TK’s car causing him to land head first on soft grass, with all the attendant risk of neck injury through ‘digging in’
  • Stifle a laugh one you find out TK is fine, and notice that he hit a portaloo on impact, then worry a bit more as you ask what a portaloo was doing in harm’s way?
  • Finally, collapse with laughter as Race Control attempt to placate network broadcaster ABC by prematurely allowing a restart on a damp track
It’s a shame we couldn’t have a reply of the final spins and pirouettes slowed down and set to the music of the Blue Danube Waltz, so perfect was the synchronised spinning as one car after another swapped ends and shuddered to a stop.
For Will Power, it was not surprisingly all a bit much. He had been in line for some strong points, and with championship leader and rival Dario Franchitti out of the race (for the first time in a long time) he was looking good to close the championship gap considerably.
But the wet weather restart took him out, and not surprisingly left him furious.
We are beginning to understand that Will can get a bit stroppy when things don’t go his way, and this was no exception, as he went running off to remonstrate with everyone and anyone. And then, wonderfully, pricelessly, he saw himself on the big screen, and launched the gesture that generations to come will understand has given him immortality as a motorsport legend.
Call it a “double rude Vettel”, or an “angry bird”, it was a masterpiece and it has made him an instant legend.
Twitter came alive, fellow drivers promised to pay any fine, declaring him a legend and Will Power became #1 trending topic on US twitter, and rightly so.
Today even F1 start Mark Webber got in on the action, congratulating Power for his stand.
Will, we salute you, but please don’t salute us back. 

 

 

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    • Laura Mish
    • August 18th, 2011

    OMG!! That is.soooo funny!!!!

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