Marco Andretti jumped eight positions on the opening lap of tonight’s Firestone 600 for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Texas Motor Speedway, but on Lap 4, he suffered an engine failure on his No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda.
As Andretti slowed down the backstretch and headed for the pits, the engine started to catch fire and forced him to come to a stop near the entrance to pit road.
Andretti quickly climbed out of the car and without taking a look back, he walked away and left the Holmatro safety crew to take care of the flames.
“[The start] doesn’t matter,” the third-generation driver told NBCSN’s Jan Beekhuis. “I’m just absolutely gutted for the whole Snapple crew. I wanted nothing more than to deliver a win on their home turf. This one’s frustrating and this one really hurts for the championship, too.”
The race returned to green-flag conditions at Lap 12. You can watch it LIVE on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on your online or mobile device.