Driver fined for 'disgraceful' comment about female Bathurst 1000 team
V8 Supercar driver David Reynolds has been fined by the series for comments made in a press conference ahead of this weekend's Bathurst 1000, where he referred to the car driven by his female teammates as the "P***y wagon."
Reynolds, who's known for his offbeat sense of humor, was docked $25,000 Australian (approximately $18,000 U.S.) for his reference to former IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro and Renee Gracie, who are making their V8 debut at Mount Panorama.
"Reynolds' comments were disgraceful and completely unacceptable in our sport and he has been fined $25,000," said V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton. "Women are an integral part of our sport, whether they are fans, drivers or team members. And V8 Supercars will continue to support and promote female participation at all levels of our sport."
Reynolds, who sits third in the championship in The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford Falcon, later apologized for his comment aimed at the Harvey Norman Supergirls' entry fielded by the same Prodrive operation.
"I unreservedly apologize for a comment I made in a press conference earlier today in relation to my female teammates," he said. "While it was intended to be humorous, I understand it has caused offense. As I stated in the press conference I genuinely hope they perform well as they are both highly talented as they showed today with their pace.
"People know I am a little left-of-center with my humor but I understand today I took it too far. I have personally apologized to Renee and Simona and I fully accept the penalty handed down by V8 Supercars and any subsequent team sanctions."