Simona de Silvestro can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to fire at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but mercifully, the likable Swiss driver is back in her pit and OK after one this afternoon during practice for the Indianapolis 500.
The back half of her No. 29 TE Connectivity Honda for Andretti Autosport became engulfed in flames on the backstraight entering Turn 3.
Per a Honda spokesperson, a fuel leak at the buckeye was the culprit, and not an engine failure itself.
“It’s definitely unfortunate because the car is pretty burnt down, and it’s really frustrating that it seems like fire follows me,” de Silvestro said in a quote released by the team. “Maybe this time is third times the charm, and hopefully the team can get the car back together as quickly as possible. Until now, everything was working fine, and it’s just annoying because it’s a pretty big setback for us, but I have four great teammates and that will make it easier for us to continue moving forward.”
She also had a fire in a crash at Turn 4 in 2011 during practice.
Here’s the video of the issue, via IndyCar:
Here are some tweets: