Japanese race marshal is clearly having fun getting the attention of drivers on the track, while his cohort is far more straight-laced.
We're going to go ahead and call this new dance "The Funky Marshal." It wasn't debuted at a club, or even on the dance floor of a wedding - no, it was first done on the side of a race track of all places. This race marshal clearly is having fun getting the attention of racing drivers and the Audi pace car, while his cohort is far more straight-laced.
This wacky moment happened recently at the 6 Hours of Fuji WEC race in Japan. We don't have a lot of info regarding who this person is, but to be completely honest, we think the dance itself is what's most important.
It's like a cross between Will Ferrell's Spartan cheerleader character Craig from Saturday Night Live, and the Elaine, which was a dance made famous by Julia Louis-Dreyfus' titular character in a Seinfeld episode from 1996.
After this performance, who knows - maybe the dancing marshal will earn his place in more races around the world.
Track marshals are typically there to make sure races go smoothly and safely. They're stationed at points throughout a track to help drivers who may be involved in collisions, and to communicate warnings to race participants. Our guess is that after a six-hour endurance race, this particular marshal was ready to blow off some steam, and boy, did he ever. It was particularly entertaining seeing him and his partner with big smiles on their faces as they ran off.
The race itself was highlighted by Toyota winning its first FIA World Endurance Championship in nearly two years, with the #6 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway, and Stephane Sarrazin taking the win. They beat out the #8 Audi of Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis, and Loic Duval, which led for much of the race.
After this performance, who knows - maybe the dancing marshal will earn his place in more races around the world. We're betting that more than a few people would be happy to show up at an event just to watch the originator of The Funky Marshal.