GM VP Crashes Corvette ZR1 Pace Car Before Indy Race

General Motors executive vice president of global product development Mark Reuss has been left red-faced after crashing a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 pace car.

The supercar, used at last weekend’s 2018 Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle, lost traction when cresting a small bump in the track during a left-hand bend. The rear wheels lit up and the ZR1 slammed into a concrete crash barrier before coming to a rest in the middle of the circuit.

The race had to be delayed by 27 minutes as the track was cleared of debris.

“We are thankful that there were no serious injuries. Both the pace car driver and the series official were taken to the infield care center, where they were checked, cleared and released,” General Motors said in a statement.

“It is unfortunate that this incident happened. Many factors contributed, including weather and track conditions. The car’s safety systems performed as expected.”

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 made its pace car debut on May 27th during the Indy 500 where it was driven by Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo.

The pace car has been equipped with the ZTK Performance Package and thus includes an adjustable rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and performance suspension. Like all other brand-new ZR1’s, it also has Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, and chrome-aluminum wheels.

As a reminder, the new ZR1 features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. Evidently, all that power was a little too much to handle for Reuss.

 

  • LJ

    “The car’s safety systems performed as expected,” by slamming the car into a concrete wall after hitting a tiny bump.

  • TrevP

    You had one job man! haha accidents happen, but still!

    • Bo Hanan

      “She” didn’t seem to happy getting out of the car.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    I heard there is a vacancy that JUST opened up at GM!

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    “755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque” In the hands of a GM VP, I think this is the contributing factor.

    • Six_Tymes

      exactly, and a idiot factor.

      • GG

        Nope. Definitely not an idiot. Far from it. “He’s one of just 30 engineers in all of GM who are certified to drive development vehicles on the Nurburgring Nordschliefe, Germany’s legendary 13-mile, 73-turn road course. He’s also licensed to drive FIA C and IMSA Road Racing cars” It’s called an ACCIDENT. Stuff happens.

        • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

          no hes an idiot…stufd doesnt happen when ur a VP or gm…he rooked out and messed up..theres a difference in honest mistakes and F ups …he Fd Up

          • Bo Hanan

            LOL!!! Love it!

        • Six_Tymes

          I did not know all that, but that makes it even more suspect, Because, he has LESS of an Excuse to crash it.

          WHAT CAUSED it then? do you know? Accidents happen for a reason, ghosts or unicorns don’t suddenly take over a car and crash them.

          • GG

            Turn 2 (bump and change of elevation) sucks at Belle Isle. Yes, he should have known that… Quote from Will Power after the race…“It’s very easy to do as you go over that crest, and the traction control must have been turned off,” Indy 500-winning driver Will Power said Sunday. “So yeah, I felt — wasn’t really his fault. It’s just such a bad corner. Like it’s very easy to do …I’ve seen plenty of pace car crashes.” My only point was (remiss from the article) is that he’s not some “exec.suit” who was driving, but rather a “driver” who happens to wear a suit for work. Did he mess up? Yes.

  • Six_Tymes

    i’m sorry, but HE IS AN IDIOT to crash that, not taking it easy and not knowing what kind of power is under his right foot? “Many factors contributed, including weather and track conditions”. Come on!!! he is an absolute dope.

  • Jay

    Gotta love that American muscle! Yes this is a Corvette but I can’t help Seeing a Mustang leaving a Cars and Coffee event.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Most people cant handle the American muscle. Just look at the whiners around the world these days. Poor babies need a safe space and a soother I guess.

  • Moveon Libtards

    The car is ultra-power but Mark knows he had a little embarassing moment. He is actually a good driver and set lap records, so the more embarassing for him.

    Still not as embarassing as Hitlery losing though. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fce75019030a33f8602db6f139400cadd2abf4675cb99f4276953f4e8bf6ff65.jpg

  • Trocadero

    “There is no such thing as bad publicity!”

    Apparently…………..

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    watta lose4…u create something u dont know…how are the most richest ppl the dumbest

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    Nice going.

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    The this the funniest thing I’ve seen for a while!

  • nonymous

    wikipedia says the guy responible for the aztek… just sayin

  • Six_Tymes

    You know him?

  • GOOD WAY TO GET RID OF THAT UGLY FRONT END.
    YOU’D THINK THERE WOULD BE A PRACTICE RUN FOR A DRIVER UNFAMILIAR WITH THE CAR/TRACK.

  • DR.FUNK

    He may wanna skip every Christmas party for the rest of his life.
    It’s just gonna be too easy for some drunken & emboldened colleague to trot that one out

  • Harry_Wild

    Corvette driver does not know how to control the ZR1! The driver is driving it like a cheap muscle car!

  • Vassilis

    Uhm, did he have all the electronic aids off?

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