Electrical kit blamed for pace car fire

The SportsXchange

An auxiliary electrical kit was to blame for causing the pace car to catch fire during Saturday night's exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway, according to the Associated Press.

Chevrolet said the purpose-built auxiliary electrical kit in the truck of the pace car, which operated numerous caution lights during the race, caused the fire.

A full review of the incident is ongoing.

Black smoke came out of the Chevrolet SS right before the third segment of the Sprint Unlimited race. Flames then shot from the back of the car as it sat on the apron. The pace car driver and passenger exited the car safely. A replacement pace car finished the race.

"Should have been driving a Camry," joked race winner Denny Hamlin, who drives for Toyota.
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