In more than 40 years, that is the first car lost to fire at Norwalk. All others were put out in timely fashion. From the time the fire started to the time the first extinguisher was sprayed was 23 seconds, which is good enough to stop most fires. The fire was being fueled, and no fire extinguisher would put it out. Showdown (the shop that owns the car) admitted that the fuel pump was wired direct, with no external shutoff, and that the Aeromotive fuel rail had loose bolts on the standoff causing the rail to lift off under boost which started the fire. There was no lack of prep on Norwalks part, but a lack of prep on Showdowns part cost them a car.
Norwalk is considered by most import drag racers as the best track in the country.
Most tracks do not have a fire truck on premises for everyday test and tune or small events. It has to be a large event before they have them there; after all, fires are not an everyday occurrence.