Chevrolet releases statement on pace car fire at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Safety workers put out a fire on the pace car during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Safety workers put out a fire on the pace car during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 15: Safety workers put out a fire on the pace car during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH FL. — A bizarre incident in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited exhibition NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway added an unintended highlight to an event that saw several crashes that eliminated half the field.

During the final caution with less than 10 laps to go the pace car in front of the field, a Chevrolet SS, began to show smoke from the trunk area between turns 1 and 2. The vehicle immediately pulled down to infield grass exiting turn 2 and stopped. The two occupants including driver Brett Bodine a former racer who is now a NASCAR executive and the pace car driver, quickly exited the vehicle. Fire crews were soon on the scene and used fire extinguishers to put out a small fire in the trunk area.

Sunday morning Chevrolet released a statement indicating the cause of the fire seemed to be an electrical kit used to power the caution lights on the vehicle. MORE>>>

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