The Swiss driver, who will pilot the No. 4 C7.R alongside Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the upcoming endurance race, escaped the flaming C7.R without injury. According to Sportscar365, the source of the fire was related to a fault in the Corvette’s fuel system.
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The incident, which occurred at Daytona’s NASCAR Turn, red flagged the practice session while safety crews put out the fire and cleared debris from the track.
Fassler, along with Milner and Gavin, won the GTLM category in last year’s running of the 24 Hours of Daytona in the No. 4 C7.R. The No. 3 C7.R sister car, piloted by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller, claimed second place.