PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A fiery accident nearly dashed a racing team’s hopes of winning the Firestone Grand Prix this weekend.
A semi-truck carrying a race car for Andretti Auto Sports’ driver Colton Herta caught fire on Interstate 275 near Ulmerton Road in Pinellas County Wednesday morning.
No one was injured.
St. Pete fire officials said the fire did not reach the race car, which sat on the top half of the trailer, but it did damage some tools.
The fire closed the southbound lanes of the interstate for more than an hour Wednesday morning. All lanes have since reopened.
Andretti Auto Sports is an auto racing team that competes in the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, the FIA Formula E Championship and the Americas Rallycross Championship, according to their website. The Indianapolis-based team is led racing legend Michael Andretti.
- Work from home: These are the top jobs for remote careers
- Cracker Barrel set to add these alcoholic drinks to its menus
- More Florida children have COVID-linked inflammatory syndrome
- Narrow escape, lifesaving phone call: Oregon woman recalls fire
- At town hall, Biden blasts Trump’s ‘criminal’ virus response