2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power held up Detroit-area traffic early Tuesday morning.
Well, to be exact, Power held up a Detroit-area traffic report on local TV station WXYZ when he stepped on-set while reporter Jennifer Ann Wilson was giving her report.
Power walked up to the traffic map and asked Wilson “can I get directions to Toowoomba, Australia?” (his hometown), pretending to not realize Wilson’s report was on-air and live.
Wilson, who called him “Mr. Will Powers (plural, not singular),” replied to Power’s direction request, “not yet.”
Power then asked, “Hi, are we live? I guess I got a bit lost.”
Power initially said he was “confused” and made a mistake, but later admitted it was a prank.
Power was in the Motor City to promote the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix, as tickets went on sale today for the June 1-2 event.
Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.
But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.
As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:
“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.
“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.
“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”