Chevrolet have confirmed that the accident involving the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 pace car driven by their VP of global product development, Mark Reuss ahead of the start of Sunday’s second race at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear was caused in part due to the weather and track conditions.
Ruess who was driving the car with IndyCar official Mark Sandy in the passenger seat crashed coming out of Turn 2 during the pace car laps ahead of the green flag in Detroit on Sunday.
The car made heavy impact with the wall causing a considerable delay to the start of the second race which was won by Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay.
In a statement released by Chevrolet, they said:
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.