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Pace car fire: Chevy pace car at Sprint Unlimited ablaze in Daytona Beach

The pace car for the exhibition Sprint Unlimited in Daytona Beach, Florida, was on fire on Saturday night. The event's pace car fire was in a General Motors’ Chevrolet, which had also just announced a 780,000 vehicle recall on Friday. GM and Chevrolet are in the negative spotlight once again after one of their vehicles ignited into flames at the rear of the vehicle with billowing smoke filling the inside of the car, according to an ABC News report on Sunday.

Chevrolet pace car ablaze at Sprint Unlimited in Daytona Beach on Feb. 15, 2014
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Though it looked life-threatening at first, Brett Bodine – the pace car driver who is a former NASCAR driver – and his passenger got out of the vehicle safely.

Red-faced again, on the day after the mishap, Chevrolet asserted that it is assessing the fire that appears to have ignited in the trunk. The firm says the Chevrolet SS pace car is equipped with a purpose-built auxiliary electrical kit to operate the numerous caution lights during the race. However, Chevy has not said for certain that the electrical kit caused the fire in the trunk of the vehicle.

On Friday, General Motors recalled 780,000 cars. The vehicles involved are allegedly 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts and 2007 Pontiac G5 compacts throughout North America. The vehicles have faulty ignition switches which have caused cars’ engines to suddenly turn off.