General Motors Executive Vice President of Global Product Development Mark Reuss caused a big scene at Sunday’s Detroit Grand Prix Indycar race after he wrecked the Corvette pace car he was driving.

GM Executive Crashes Corvette Pace Car

Reuss was driving the car for the “parade lap” that came before the race officially began. Reuss was coming off a turn when the back end of the vehicle became detached and the car began spinning quickly, and its front bumper crashed into a nearby wall.

Reuss and the passenger next to him, Indycar manager Mark Sandy, were both unhurt. However, the competition was delayed by around 30 minutes while the debris from the collision was cleaned up.

GM released the following statement regarding the crash:

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

Reuss apologized for the accident in a Facebook post:

“I have driven this course many many many times,” he wrote. “I have paced this race in the wet, cold, hot, and calm. On [Corvette] 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.”


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