Pace Car Fire: Full Moon or What?
This isn’t the first time something wacky has happened at the Daytona International Speedway.
No injuries were reported, but there must be some serious voodoo going on at the track.
The fire in the pace car, driven by Brett Bodine, started near the end of the second segment of the Sprint Unlimited race. Flames and billowing smoke were seen coming from the rear of the car as it sat on the apron.
“Tower, we’re on fire,” he radioed.
”I just saw the whole back of the car was on fire. I thought it was a race car,” said 2012 Cup champion Brad Keselowski. ”Someone said it was the pace car. I just couldn’t help but start laughing.”
A statement released by Chevrolet Sunday morning said the fire came from the trunk where “a purpose-built auxiliary electrical kit to operate the numerous caution lights during the race.”
“The pace car driver and passenger safely exited the vehicle,” the statement said. “An assessment is underway.”
“I thought it was tire smoke until I saw flames,” said Denny Hamlin, the eventual winner of the race. “And then I realized Brett was on a mission to find the emergency vehicle.”
Chevrolet said Sunday it was assessing the fire in the trunk and has yet to link the fire with the electrical kit.
There was some twitter ribbing going on after the incident.
The pace car is on fire? Maybe there is something to this full moon thing… #NASCAR
— CharlotteMotorSpdwy (@CLTMotorSpdwy) February 16, 2014
Lol!! The Chevy pace car just caught fire!! Lol!! Please tell me that was a volt! Holy smokes. Somebody's got some splainin to do!
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) February 16, 2014
the pace car is on fire, okay did Montoya return to @NASCAR
— Doug Rice (@Riceman61) February 16, 2014
Friends the pace car is on fire. Seriously.
— RCR (@RCRracing) February 16, 2014
The Chevy pace car just caught fire at the #SprintUnlimited. Got towed off the track. That'll sell some cars.
— Dagen McDowell (@dagenmcdowell) February 16, 2014
Other odd mishaps at the track include a 2-hour delay in the 2010 Daytona 500 because of a pothole in the track and another 2-hour delay in 2012 when Juan Pablo Montoya ran into a jet dryer causing a blazing fire.
And few can forget last year’s mishap when a crash in the last lap of the Nationwide Series injured at least 30 spectators and destroyed a part of the huge barrier between the track and the stands.
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