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KVSH Racing Set Back By Transporter Fire

It appears one team – KVSH Racing – has fallen victim to the Arizona heat days before Saturday’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix.

The one-car Verizon IndyCar Series team’s transporter caught fire while en-route to Phoenix International Raceway. Included in the transporter were team equipment, as well as the Dallara IR-12 driven by Sebastien Bourdais.

While the sudden sharing of the news on social media led some to worry about the state of the equipment inside the transporter, it appears the freight all survived the incident undamaged. Thanks to the fire quickly being dispatched, the transporter was the only victim of the blaze. All equipment and crew members on-board were unhurt, per a team release.

“The good news is that both of our team members, John Phil Davis and Eric ‘Stu’ Stewart, were uninjured,” said KVSH Racing General Manager Steve Moore in the release. “Secondarily, the cars and equipment are undamaged.

“We are very fortunate to have to highly skilled and experienced transportation professionals who took quick and decisive action. Without them this situation could have been a lot worse. KVSH Racing would also like to thank the members of other teams and local Fire and Police responders for their assistance.”

Further on, the team indicated that they’re attempting to determine “alternative logistics to support this weekend’s effort.”

Barring further issues, KVSH Racing will join the rest of the IndyCar paddock in this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. The event will being at 8:30 p.m. ET, with live coverage courtesy of IndyCar Radio and NBCSN.

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A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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