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Report: Probe into NASCAR pace car fire focusing in on auxiliary electrical kit

Feb 18, 2014, 3:23 PM EST

The investigation continues into the cause of a pace car fire in Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.

According The Associated Press on Tuesday, while they have not drawn a direct link just yet, Chevrolet officials and others probing the blaze are focusing in on an auxiliary electrical kit in the trunk of the Chevrolet SS pace car as the potential source.

The kit, not standard on conventional SS’s, was installed for the race to control a variety of components, most notably the numerous caution lights in the car. At least one earlier media report indicated that some type of battery pack had caused the blaze, but that has not been substantiated.

Pace car driver and former NASCAR driver Brett Bodine and a passenger quickly exited the car when smoke began filling the interior. Neither individual was hurt in the mishap.

A second pace car was brought onto the race track to replace the damaged car, which suffered fire damage to the trunk and smoke damage to the interior.

The final 20 laps of the Sprint Unlimited then played out after the burned up car was towed into the DIS infield, with Denny Hamlin performing — ironically enough — a celebratory burnout.

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  1. worknman24hours - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Not exactly the image Chevy wants pasted all over the internet.

    Important to note here that someone added a supplemental kit to the car in it’s trunk and something in that kit is thought to have caused the fire.

    Not a stock Chevy SS component.

  2. testover6370 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Keep in mind in a NASCAR race the safety car gets more track time than any other car outside of the 5 or 6 that don’t wreck out, so with so many miles, something is bound to give out eventually.

    • racefan27 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      what a dumbass comment

      • testover6370 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Sounds like I hit a nerve. Care to point out any other series (aside from the NASCAR-owned IMSA series) that spend as much time under full course caution conditions as NASCAR?

  3. s2dbaker - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    For a minute there, I thought this might be a story about Tesla but I guess other manufacturers have car fires. I wonder if GM’s stock will plummet on this news.

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