There’s nothing more American than getting behind the wheel of a monster-horsepower ride and cutting loose. And thus there is nothing more embarrassing than getting behind the wheel of a monster-horsepower ride and banging it straight into a wall.
GM vice president of product development Mark Reuss suffered that toxic embarrassment on Sunday prior to Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Grand Prix. Driving a 755-horsepower, $120,000 Corvette ZR-1, Reuss spun and slammed hard into a wall, causing a 30-minute delay for cleanup.
In the immediate aftermath of the wreck, GM issued a statement that sought to deflect a bit of blame onto “weather and track conditions”:
Chevrolet statement on the accident that saw a GM exec crash a Corvette pace car prior to the IndyCar race. pic.twitter.com/7Qsp6PMBh6
— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) June 3, 2018
“I want to thank you all for your well wishes today,” Reuss wrote. “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.”
Bad as it was, the wreck still didn’t approach the Eddie Griffin Debacle, when the Hollywood actor wrecked a $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo:
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