We’ve already had our first incident in the NTT IndyCar Series and the season hasn’t even started yet. Colton Herta’s hauler caught fire early Wednesday morning on its way to the season opener on the streets of St. Pete. The hauler carrying the No. 88 Honda and all of their equipment, saw the incident happen less than 10 miles from reaching the track.
According to a news report, the driver was okay and it was just pit equipment that was harmed. The team will do a full inspection once all the equipment gets to the track to see what was salvaged and not. Other Andretti Autosport haulers will help get the equipment there.
In terms of the car that Herta will be racing, so far, it appears that the damage was minor and cosmetic which was caused by the heat, smoke and/or water. There’s no reason to be belive that any competition or mechanical aspects of the car have been damaged or compromised.
WFTS reported the fire happened on I-275. According to their report, the southbound lanes of the highway were shut down for more than hour as the flames were doused.