Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President of Global Product Development at General Motors crashed a $123,000 dollar Corvette ZR1 pace car into a wall before the IndyCar’s Detroit Grand Prix could even start.
Rounding the second turn of the track didn’t go as Reuss expected and he spun out before crashing the speedster into a wall.
Neither Reuss or the passenger, IndyCar Manager Mark Sandy, were injured during the crash as both were checked, cleared and released.
General Motors claimed many factors contributed to the executive’s car accident including, “…weather and track conditions. The car’s safety systems performed as expected.”
Reuss was disappointed and embarrassed by his crash, to say the least.
Releasing a personal statement on Facebook stating it was an “honor” to be asked to drive the pace car and that he had driven the course “…many many many times.”
Reuss went on to say he let down every person from his family to his friends, the company, IndyCar and more.
I bet he’ll never live that crash down during board meetings, how ironic.
Ryan Hunter-Reay ended up winning the race after a short 30-minute delay.
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