UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports has given the following statement to TobyChristie.com about the hauler fire on the No. 24
From @TeamHendrick: “We can confirm that it was a generator fire on the No. 24 hauler. The race car was undamaged but a backup hauler is on it’s way to Indy for the team to swap over to in the morning.”#NASCAR
— Joseph Srigley (@joe_srigley) July 29, 2022
While parked across the street from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday, Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 24 hauler – carrying William Byron’s No. 24 Acronis Chevrolet Camaro – has caught on fire, according to multiple reports from the track.
The fire seems to have started from the hauler’s generator while sitting across the street from the Speedway, where the NASCAR Cup Series will compete in Sunday’s Verizon 200 at Indy’s Road Course.
According to FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass, who captured photos and videos of the damage to the hauler, Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro for this weekend has been unloaded from the hauler and appears to be damage-free.
The William Byron hauler generator apparently caught on fire. Team has unloaded the car and it appears OK. pic.twitter.com/VLCfGZE1dh
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 28, 2022
Although not usually permitted, NASCAR has allowed Hendrick Motorsports to unload the car from the hauler and place it in the garage on Thursday, prior to the garage opening on Friday.
If additional updates are provided, they will be added to this story as an update. TobyChristie.com has reached out to Hendrick Motorsports for further details on the incident.