So maybe the Mayans have something going here because in the last two weeks I’ve witnessed and read about more fires in racing than I have in the past twenty years.
And yesterday was no exception…queue IndyCar’s Will Power, please.
The where: Sebring International Raceway where testing commenced on day one on Monday.
The who: none other than our favorite son, Will Power whom we love and respect all for telling IndyCar how he truly felt.
The what: his IndyCar caught fire (twice actually, once Monday and Tuesday) during Sebring’s testing sessions.
The why: Will says he’s very unsure of why his car keeps catching fire (nice) but they’re stemming from a leak in the engine.
Will’s car spontaneously caught fire twice and thankfully he was able to put out the first fire by himself with a fire extinguisher. Huh? Yeah, not kidding.
Apparently the track worker who was elder was struggling to reach Will’s car so Will (being the super nice Aussie he is) took it upon himself to run across the track, grab the extinguisher and put out the flames himself:
The safety worker was across the track and he was an older gentleman, kind of struggling to get across, so I ran and grabbed it myself. (Will Power via USA Today)
The second time his car caught fire he was able to make it into the pits to extinguish the minor blaze underneath the hood.
However, the day wouldn’t be a total failure because he was second-fastest in testing. Way to go, Will. He says he’s ready for March and I say bring it on, people.