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Chevrolet addresses Pace car fire

By Holly R. Bogardus,

On Saturday night, the Pace car caught fire at the Daytona 500. After reviewing the incident, Chevrolet claimed the fire was due to an auxiliary electrical kit in the trunk.

Black smoke could be seen coming from the trunk of the Chevrolet SS before the third segment of the Sprint unlimited race, reported Fox News. The driver was able to pull over before the car ignited.

The driver, Brett Bodine, and a passenger were seen leaving the vehicle, according to ABC News. Luckily, no one was reported to be injured due to the incident.

A replacement car was brought to finish the race. Chevrolet is still working on a full report and they believe the fire was caused by a problem with the electrical kit, which all the cars use to operate their caution lights.

This incident comes after General Motors, who are the owners of Chevrolet, had to recall almost 800,000 cars earlier this week, according to the LA Times.

Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 compact cars were recalled due to airbag and ignition problems that have been linked to six deaths.

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