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Fassler Escapes Injury After Massive Corvette Fire

Marcel Fassler escapes serious injury in Corvette fire…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Marcel Fassler has escaped injury following a massive fire for the No. 4 Corvette C7.R in Sunday’s penultimate test session at the Roar Before the 24.

The Swiss driver bailed from his GT Le Mans contender after it caught fire while entering NASCAR Turn 2.

The incident brought out a lengthy red flag period for cleanup, with the cause of the fire understood to be fuel-related.

Fassler had shared driving duties of the defending Rolex 24 class-winning Corvette with 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champions Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner.

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. P

    January 8, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Oh my god, that looks bad. Hope Fassler I alright.

  2. Dan

    January 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Wow! Glad Fassler’s OK. Reminds me of Dale Jr’s experience years ago in a factory Corvette. “Fuel related”? Seems unusual, and extensive, in a well established race car. Car looks bad. Can they build this up in a couple of weeks?

    • Tom

      January 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      I remember that same wreck with Jr. I also remember him saying his dad pulled him out of that car

    • Peter Fox

      January 9, 2017 at 10:49 am

      They will likely just use one of the many spare cars they have on hand.

    • ajrf

      January 9, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Well, not so unusual. Check this:

  3. Speedy

    January 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    They caught fire last year, trying different things with these cars it will be ready come race time.

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