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In an ominous start to IndyCar’s first oval race in eight months, KV Racing’s Hydroxycut hauler does its best impression of a matchstick.
The semi truck hauling Sebastien Bourdais‘ IndyCar caught fire near Peoria, Arizona today. It had nearly completed its journey to Phoenix International Raceway for this weekend’s festivities before suddenly bursting into flames. There were neither injuries nor damage to the car once the flames were extinguished by fire crews, although the team may want to invest in some Febreeze. No immediate cause for the suspicious incident was released, but longtime Bourdais rival and fellow fast and feisty Frenchman Simon Pagenaud is a prime suspect. Here’s an IRR artist’s depiction of the Cap’n’s seafood special, so be on the lookout.
This level of alleged French on French crime is appalling, particularly as the media continue to ignore the story. Bourdais, a thirty four time winner driving the big cars, sent out an embarrassing Tweet sheepishly trying to explain away the event. Note how he skillfully avoided mentioning either Pagenaud or Team Penske.
Notice too the ironic “Thx.” at the end of the message. The pleasant outcome’s a real relief, as the car count’s already shockingly low this season. Speaking of Twitter, IRR’s back in the hashtag creation business once again. Two originals immediately leaped to mind once this morning’s news broke – #BourdaisOnFire and also #FrogEnFuego.
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There’s no doubt it’s less than an ideal start to the race weekend for SeBass – formerly known as “Butterfingers,” for obvious reasons – and his team. Admittedly, when IRR offered up our “Red Hot Phoenix Predictions,” we didn’t envision semi trailers going up like torches in the dusty desert terrain, though we did make some pretty spicy prognostications. Meanwhile, rest assured we’ll continue our investigation of Pagenaud, Penske’s preferred and primary provocateur.