Andretti Autosport transporter catches fire on the way to St. Petersburg
Not exactly the way to kick off a season
The Andretti Autosport transporter carrying Colton Herta’s No. 88 Honda IndyCar entry caught fire early Wednesday morning. The transporter was en route to the IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg. The fire occurred on Southbound Interstate 275 near Ulmerton Rd.
“We want to thank everyone for the outreach and concern,” Andretti Autosport said via Twitter. “We are still evaluating any damages and hope to have an update soon. We are thankful to report that no one was harmed, and want to thank our transport drivers and local first responders for their quick action and support. 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 88 car have been damaged or compromised. We are also preparing backup pit equipment at our Indy race shop, this equipment and a spare transporter will depart Indianapolis today as well. Again, we would like to express our gratitude to our transport drivers and local fire departments for their quick responses and support.”