The Hendrick Motorsports hauler carrying William Byron’s car caught fire on arrival at Indianapolis

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The Hendrick Motorsports team hauler with the No. 24 car driven by William Byron caught fire upon its arrival at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday, damaging the hauler but leaving Byron’s lead car relatively unscathed.

According to the team, the fire broke out in the hauler’s generator. According to Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports, Byron’s hauler was parked on the opposite side of the racetrack when its crew noticed the fire while they were washing the hauler. Crews began responding to the fire before firefighters arrived, and no one was inside the hauler when the fire broke out.

Byron’s main car for this weekend was covered in soot, but was otherwise undamaged by the fire. The team’s equipment was also undamaged, and a backup hauler was sent from the Hendrick Motorsports race shop in Concord, NC to Indianapolis.

“A big thank you to everyone who helped out with the 24 haulers today including the track, NASCAR, the local fire department and other team hauler drivers,” Byron said. in a statement posted on Twitter. “Everyone jumped in and helped our team today and that support means a lot to all of us on the 24 team.”

NASCAR’s weekend schedule calls for haulers to hit the track beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, with garage opening and inspection beginning at 12:30 p.m. Because of the fire, NASCAR allowed the No. 24 teams to unload their hauler and put it in the garage area overnight.

Fortunately, Byron’s race team will have plenty of time to work on their main car before shipping it out and letting it run. The Cup Series cars hit the track first on Saturday for practice and qualifying at 9:30 am

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