Russell Ingall is known as "the enforcer" for a reason. His aggressive driving on track and fiery passion off track has made him a fan favorite for years. That fiery passion added to the the enforcer's lore in Winton this weekend.
During a safety car in race seven of the V8 Supercars championship, Ingall came in for a new set of Dunlop tyres in an attempt to blaze through the field in the final laps. The strategy bid worked, and Ingall was into the top ten after a few laps, overtaking several cars in just a handful of corners. As he was nearing the podium, the LDM Commodore came into contact with the DJR Falcon of David Wall and the Nissan Altima of Michael Caruso, sending both cars off track.
Ingall continued to improve, eventually overtaking Dale Wood for the podium spot. The glory was short lived, however. The enforcer's VF Commodore was ordered down pit lane for a drive through penalty, taking away his chance at a podium. The 50-year-old climbed back to finish an impressive tenth. In a post-race interview with Mark Larkham, Ingall was outraged, proclaiming that V8 Supercar race control were "dopes" and that he was going to give them a beating.
With Scott McLaughlin's jandal moment in Adelaide and Ingall's colorful interview in round three, V8 Supercar drivers have given us many great quotes to remember so far in 2014.
UPDATE: Russell Ingall has been fined $15,000 for his comments. Read more here.