NASCAR: Joe Gibbs Racing Engine Room Suffers Minor Damage After Fire

Camille JonesContributor IIIFebruary 4, 2011

HUNTERSVILLE, NC - JANUARY 27:  Team owner Joe Gibbs speaks with the media  during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, held at Joe Gibbs Racing, on January 27, 2011 in Huntersville, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Early Friday morning, firefighters were brought out to the Joe Gibbs Racing shop after fire broke out in one of the team's two engine dynamometers, a machine used to gauge the engine horsepower and durability.

In a statement released by the team's spokesperson, it was mentioned that the fire was not caused by an explosion, but more so a "flash-fire." The fire was extinguished by the local Huntersville (NC) Fire Department, and it was quickly contained and under control in less than an hour. 

The fire, which started around 9 a.m. ET, began in the team's engine room; the cause is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.

The Joe Gibbs Racing spokesperson says that the fire will not affect the preparations into the final weeks of the offseason leading up to Daytona.

It was also recognized that the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series team—fielding the cars of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano in Sprint Cup and multiple drivers in Nationwide—is the only Toyota NASCAR team that builds its own engines on the site of the shop.