Fire at Leavine Family Racing leaves ‘significant damage’ to team shop
Fire struck the Leavine Family Racing shop in Concord, North Carolina, resulting in what the team called significant damage. The fire broke out in the shop around 7 a.m. ET this morning.
The team fields the No. 95 Ford Fusion for driver Michael McDowell. The Leavine road team is already at Kansas Speedway, where it will compete in Saturday night’s SpongeBob SquarePants 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
"We can confirm there was a fire at our Concord, NC shop last night," the team said in a statement issued Friday morning. "Luckily no one was injured. We are working with the fire department and local officials to determine what happened. We’ve heard from the fire department there was significant damage to the back of the race shop. As you can imagine, we are still working to assess the full situation."
Team driver McDowell said Friday afternoon that the team was still assessing the damage.
"I don’t really know exactly where we’re at with everything," said McDowell, who comes into Saturday’s race 37th in points.
"It’s very easy to break your focus and start thinking about next week, and thinking about all these things," said McDowell. "But we’ve got to get through this race, so I’m just trying to rally the guys and we’ll worry about this when we get home on Sunday. We can’t fix it, we can’t change it, but we’ve got to do our job today."
7 p.m. ET update from Leavine Family Racing:
After receiving more information from a restoration company that inspected the fire damage at the shop today, we were informed that structural damage may cause us to move our racing operations. We are currently exploring all options.
We do not anticipate this to impact the team’s competition schedule. Our next race is the Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Four race cars were damaged in the fire – these were primarily back-up cars. A complete investigation is taking place to access the overall damage and cause of the fire.