Sunday, February 16, 2014

I Can't Make This Stuff Up: Government Motors Pace Car At Daytona Catches Fire

Link here.
The pace car caught fire during a NASCAR race on Saturday night.
Just before the final segment of the season-opening Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, pace car driver Brett Bodine pulled his blue Chevrolet SS pace car down to the apron when he had smoke inside the vehicle.
"Tower, we're on fire," Bodine radioed.
Not even an EV or a hybrid. How many years have "we" been manufacturing automobiles now, and government motor cars are still spontaneously setting themselves on fire? Apparently this was a 2014 production model.
Chevrolet officially unveiled the production model 2014 Chevrolet SS at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday and onlookers couldn’t help but notice the similarities to the model’s Sprint Cup Series counterpart that will officially debut in tonight’s Sprint Unlimited NASCAR race. Best described as a four-door Corvette, the SS is a rebranded Holden VF Commodore SS V from Australia. The SS is Chevrolet’s latest effort to capture the American rear-wheel-drive sport sedan audience and the start of the 2013 NASCAR season presented an ideal opportunity to roll out the street model.
The car should be a hit on New Year's Eve and/or July 4th, especially where fireworks are prohibited.

6 comments:

  1. Word is that the fire was related to an add on battery and flashing light system installed in the trunk by NASCAR.

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    1. Isn't NASCAR the organization that disqualifies drivers if they find 1/16th of an inch discrepancy in ground clearance? Seriously, thank you for taking time to write.

      The linked article does go on to suggest that was the problem (junk in the trunk) but interestingly, NASCAR referred all questions to Chevrolet. I assume Chevrolet will refer all questions back to NASCAR.

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  2. are the Chevy people saying the alternator on this so called hot rod can not generate enough Juice to run a few flashing grill lights and visi bar lights.. is the motor that under powered..don

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    1. A good question for potential buyers to ask the salesman/saleswoman if planning on adding fog lights to their Chevrolet SS.

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  3. NASCAR should of told Government Motors that their version of the Yugo is not an acceptable pace car. Maybe, NASCAR was think it can entice the Progressive Marxist Liberals at becoming fans of NASCAR. It won't work. They just want the money and they would have some really bad ideas for the sport.

    The number 3 is back and on the pole for the 500. Austin Dillon is on a roll, Nationwide Champ 2013 and now on the pole for the first race of 2014. Dale Earnhardt must have a big smile on his face.

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    1. Agree. I am looking forward to the new season.

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