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Corvette Parks No. 3 Car, Packs Up Early After No. 4 Car Fire

Corvette Racing packs up early after

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Corvette Racing has been sent packing up early from the Roar Before the 24, following a decision to park its No. 3 Corvette C7.R after a weekend-ending fire for the No. 4 car in this morning’s test session.

Marcel Fassler escaped injury in the blaze, which according to Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, was triggered by an issue with the fuel line.

“Until the root cause of the issue with the No. 4 Corvette C7.R can be identified, the No. 3 Corvette C7.R will not return to the track this weekend,” Campbell said in a statement.

The fire damage was limited to the engine compartment of the car, with the Pratt & Miller squad not expecting to need a replacement chassis for the rebuild.

The No. 4 Corvette had completed 241 laps over the course of the three-day test prior to the incident, with Fassler having set the car’s fastest lap of 1:44.717 in Sunday morning’s session prior to the fire.

Fassler and 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans champions Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner head into this year’s race as defending class winners, following the manufacturer’s 1-2 finish last year.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Jason

    January 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    As much as it would give me joy to see the GTLM guys run 1 min 41. I’m sure that is not the case.

    What the blazes is going on with this Corvette going on fire? That is two now in its history at least.

    • pdxracefan

      January 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Fuel leak?

      • ApextheCurves

        January 8, 2017 at 5:20 pm

        It’s a hard core race car, seeing temperatures and abuse we really can not easily imagine.

        These cars get worked on constantly and things get changed, unfortunately somethings may get over-looked or something new was being tried and it did not work.

        Heck, we see car fires all the time on the highway with regular cars that see nowhere near the abuse.

        We all hate to see it, but sometimes it happens.

  2. Speedy

    January 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Building new systems and parts on there cars to stay competitive or all was run in the back and never win. These corvette’s have a throttle by wire system and running lithium ion batteries.

  3. 45*C

    January 9, 2017 at 2:12 am

    The engine is protesting living in the front of the car….

    • jeff

      January 9, 2017 at 6:16 am

      that’s funny !!!!

  4. Pederb

    January 9, 2017 at 3:47 am

    How come that everytime Corvette adds a Nascar driver to their driver roster the car selfdestruct 🙂

    • David Chaste

      January 9, 2017 at 5:39 am

      None of the Corvettes have a nascar driver.

      The WTR Cadillac is still going well

    • Chase Cavalier

      January 11, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Fässler is from the Audi R18 squad in the WEC!

  5. Kurt...🇺🇸

    January 13, 2017 at 8:27 am

    They will rebuild the car with no issues, remember at LeMans in 2014 I think it was when Fisichella crashed the #51 Ferrari and the AF CORSE mechanics completely rebuilt the car overnight…and actually went on to win that year, so the Vette team will have plenty of time for a rebuild…the Chevy Vette teams have all the funding they need…

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