DETROIT – Sunday's Verizon IndyCar Series race began with a bang. Just before the green flag flew on Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday, the pace car slammed into the Turn 2 wall.
Mark Reuss, General Motors Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, was behind the wheel of the Corvette ZR1 when it crashed. The car's price starts at $123,000.
IndyCar official Mark Sandy was in the passenger seat where, according to IndyCar Radio, the airbag deployed. Fortunately, both appeared to be OK when they climbed out of the car, but both were taken to the medical center to be examined.
Chairman of the Detroit Grand Prix, Bud Denker, said Ruess was OK while another IndyCar official confirmed that Sandy escaped with no major injuries, either.
The start of the race was delayed to clear the track of debris.
Chevrolet issued this statement about 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.
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