Will Power’s recent outburst against Road America, one of IndyCar’s circuit operators, has landed him in hot water. The Team Penske driver expressed his frustration with the rough run-off areas during a post-race interview. This complaint was just one of many grievances voiced by Power, who had also been involved in a major crash during practice with Scott Dixon. If you want to catch all the action of the 2023 IndyCar Series featuring Power, Scott McLaughlin, and Dixon, the only place to watch is on Stan Sport, where you can stream the races ad-free, live, and on-demand.
During the interview, Power criticized the track, saying, “This track is terrible when you go off. They do a terrible job here; they need to improve. Every time you go off, you risk serious injury. I’ve experienced it a couple of times this weekend. They need a wake-up call for this place.” However, as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words.
The day after Power’s comments, Road America track owner Michael Kertscher responded in a cheeky way by parking a septic waste truck outside Power’s motorhome. Journalist Marshall Pruett of Racer reported on the incident, stating, “Track president Michael Kertscher sent a little message to our friend, Will Power, yesterday, calling this track essentially a ‘shit track.'” Kertscher took it a step further by sitting inside the truck, one of the vehicles used to remove human waste from the porta potties around the track, and parked it right in front of Power’s motorhome. The truck was left with the keys inside.
Surprisingly, Power took the prank in stride and decided to respond in kind. He climbed into the truck, started it up, and drove it over to Scott Dixon’s bus, parking it in front. The duo had a fiery exchange after their practice incident, with Power even offering Dixon two middle fingers before shoving him. However, they eventually calmed down and were seen laughing together before the race on Monday. It seems there is no ongoing animosity between them.
Power’s eventful weekend set the tone for a tumultuous race. Despite starting in 22nd place, he managed to battle his way to 13th, making a whopping seven pit stops along the way. Power currently holds the eighth position in the standings after eight races. The IndyCar Series will continue on July 3 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
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