Heroic indeed, but what happened today scored a little lower on the Feel-Good-O-Meter. Vlad went back out on the track and was doing pretty well… but what's that horrible noise from the engine and why is it smoking so much? Yep, a connecting rod or two got loose and put some troublesome holes in the engine block, but the car was still running well enough to limp off the track and back to the team's pit. At that point, they decided the ol' brick-on-the-gas-pedal routine would be a lot of fun- which it most certainly was- but the resulting clouds of toxic smoke led the LeMons Supreme Court to sentence the team captain to the dreaded Al Gore Junior punishment.
When you get the Al Gore Junior (awarded to egregious polluters) you must plant a tree while your team members pelt you with tofu, and that's what happened here.