Mark Reuss, GM’s global product development chief, crashed the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 pace car in at the 2018 IndyCar Grand Prix Detroit of Belle Island at the start of the parade lap.
Reuss was behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 pace car, with Mark Sand, an IndyCar official, in the passenger’s seat, as the field was lead out of the pit lane.
At a crest near turn two, he lost control of the Corvette, and the vehicle smashed into a wall. Both Reuss and Sand left the car uninjured. The race was delayed 27 minutes. When it restarted, the backup pace car was driven by IndyCar veteran Oriol Servià.
Reuss explained the incident on his Facebook page:
“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.”