The Andretti Autosport trailer carrying Colton Herta’s Indycar to the opening round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series in St. Petersburg caught fire on the I-275 highway in Florida, causing minor damage to Herta’s car.
The incident occurred early on Wednesday morning, which caused a lane closure on the highway. According to local broadcaster Bay News 9, Florida Highway Patrol are currently investigating the cause of the fire.
Andretti Autosport confirmed the incident stating:
“We want to thank everyone for the outreach and concern… We are thankful to report that no one was harmed, and want to thank our transport drivers and local first responders fortheir quick action and support.”
A team spokesman later provided an update:
“At this time, damages to the #88 car appear to be minor and cosmetic, caused by heat, smoke and/or water.
“We have no current reason to believe that any competition or mechanical aspects of the car have been damaged or compromised.
“Our Indy Lights team is already in Florida for testing and is now en route to St. Pete to help evaluate and assess. Additionally, we are sending a team of IndyCar crewmen from Indianapolis to St. Pete today in advance of the team’s full arrival tomorrow.
“We are also preparing backup pit equipment at the Indy race shop. This equipment and a spare transporter will depart Indianapolis today as well.”