GM Product Chief Crashes 2019 Corvette ZR1 Pace Car On Lap 1
Jerry Reynolds | June 7, 2018
I can’t even imagine the ribbing that Mark Reuss General Motors’ product chief is taking. Reuss was driving the Official Pace Car in last Sunday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Indy Car race.
Reuss had just started the parade lap, leading all the Indy cars on a lap around the course, and in the first turn, Reuss lost control of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 and smacked the wall hard.
The Corvette was heavily damaged, but there were no serious injuries to Reuss or his passenger, Mark Sandy, a race official.
You can see the accident in the footage below:
In a statement, GM said:
“Both the pace car driver and the series official were taken to the infield care center, where they were checked, cleared and released”.
The automaker further stated it was:
“unfortunate that this incident happened.”
The company attributed it to “many factors,” including weather and track conditions.
The race was delayed for 34 minutes as crews cleaned the debris and towed the crashed $150,000 Corvette ZR1. Luckily, there was a backup Pace Car when the race resumed, only this time it was driven by Indy driver Oriol Servia.
On his Facebook page, Mark Reuss made the following statement:
“I want to thank you all for your well wishes today. I am ok. 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.”
Mark Ruess, who leads the design, engineering, safety, quality, research and development, advanced vehicle technology and program management of General Motors, should perhaps begin working on a self-driving Pace Car.