Grand Prix-bound IndyCar trailer catches fire on I-275

Pinellas County

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.

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