GM Executive Crashes Pace Car, Delaying Race

The 2018 Detroit Grand Prix of Belle Isle was delayed by 27 minutes after General Motors executive Mark Reuss crashed the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 pace car into a wall. Neither Reuss nor passenger Mark Sand, an IndyCar official, were harmed during the incident.

The starting price for the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 is $118,900.

“I want to thank you all for your well wishes today. I am ok,” Reuss wrote on his personal Facebook page. “I have driven this course many many many times. I have paced this race in the wet, cold, hot, and calm. On Z06’s, Grand Sports, and other things. It is never a casual thing for me, but an honor to be asked.

“Today I let down my friends, my family, Indycar, our city and my company. Sorry does not describe it. I want to thank our engineers for providing me the safety I know is the best in the world.”

Will Power, winner of this year’s Indy 500, shared his sympathy.

“It’s very easy to do as you go over that crest, and the traction control must have been turned off,” Power said. “So yeah, I felt — wasn’t really his fault. It’s just such a bad corner. Like it’s very easy to do … You know, that’s racing, right? I’ve seen plenty of pace car crashes. Like I’ve seen plenty of people coming off in the wet and crash, and not abnormal.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay went on to win the race.

You can watch the crash in the video below or on Youtube.

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