Chevrolet assessing pace car fire at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The hot lap at Daytona was set by the pace car.They theorize that the electrical box in the trunk that controls the pace car-related electronics was responsible, so really this has nothing to do with GM (but since when do I pass up a chance to take a friendly poke at the car company our tax dollars keep afloat?). It was a pretty spectacular conflagration, though:
The latest quirky occurrence at the home of the Daytona 500 came Saturday night when there was a fire inside the pace car for the exhibition Sprint Unlimited.
(picture from link)
Usually the smoke shows at Daytona are put on by the race cars, not the pace cars...
Worthy of note, of course, is that the rescue vehicle is, of course, a Ford. Now, I wish it were a Dodge, for personal reasons, but it is interesting that the company chosen to supply the vehicles responsible for responding to crashes and incidents would be the one company that didn't take handouts. Ford's had the #1 selling vehicle for several millennia in the F150, and for good reason: They just run (except for the one that SCI-FI bought; we can only assume he got a Friday afternoon truck...)
I wonder if they thought about getting a Fisker Karma for a pace car but couldn't afford the extra insurance...
That is all.