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Team Corvette was literally smoking hot during Sunday’s Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

During the second to last session of the day, Marcel Fassler was at the wheel of the No.4 Corvette, rounding the banked Turn 2 of the NASCAR oval, his C7.R randomly burst into flames. The Swiss driver escaped without injury, but the incident did cause a long red flag delay as crews cleaned up the mess.

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The team says the fire was caused by a fuel-related incident, and decided to park the sister No.3 car as a precautionary measure.

 

“Until the root cause of the issue with the No. 4 Corvette C7.R can be identified, the No. 3 Corvette C7.R will not return to the track this weekend,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, in a statement.

According to Sportscar365, the damage is limited to the engine and electronics, meaning Pratt & Miller won’t need a replacement chassis as they scramble to rebuild the No.4 car ahead of the Rolex 24 in two weeks time.

 

 

 

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