Bourdais' KVSH IndyCar team escapes transporter fire on way to race

Sebastien Bourdais will be able to take part in this weekend's Phoenix IndyCar Series race despite his KVSH Racing team's transporter catching fire on the way to the event

Bourdais' KVSH IndyCar team escapes transporter fire on way to race

The team was 25 miles from the end of its 1450-mile journey from its Indianapolis base to Phoenix when the fire occurred.

It was confined to the rear axle area of the transporter. The vehicle sustained substantial damage but thanks to the quick actions of the two team members on board the transporter's contents - including Bourdais' Dallara-Chevrolet, were unscathed.

"First and foremost, the good news is that both of our team members, John Phil Davis and Eric 'Stu' Stewart were uninjured," said KVSH general manager Steve Moore.

"Secondarily, the cars and equipment are undamaged.

"We are very fortunate to have to highly skilled and experienced transportation professionals who took quick and decisive action.

"Without them this situation could have been a lot worse.

"KVSH Racing would also like to thank the members of other teams and local fire and police responders for their assistance."

The fire is the second time in recent years that an IndyCar team has suffered such an incident on the way to a west coast race.

In August 2008 the Team Penske transporter carrying Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe's cars caught fire on the way to the Sonoma round.

The primary cars in that blaze suffered substantial damage. Castroneves had to use a spare car but went on to win the race from pole, with Briscoe second.

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