Chevrolet, title sponsor for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, suffered a bit of an embarrassment earlier this afternoon when a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 pace car crashed on the parade lap ahead of today’s IndyCar race. We’ve come to understand that the Corvette was being driven by General Motors executive Mark Reuss at the time of the incident.
The above clip shows the incident in question. The blue 2019 Corvette ZR1 was completing turn 2 of the Belle Isle race course, heading into the straightaway, when the rear tires broke traction and the car rotated swiftly to the left. It crashed head-first into the concrete barrier along the left side of the straight.
Allegedly, the loss of traction shown in the video above was caused by a blown tire, although there’s no visual evidence of that in the clip.
The 14-turn, 2.3-mile course of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which is set up and torn down again each year on the scenic island of Belle Isle, is frequently cited by pro drivers as one of the roughest and toughest circuits on the calendar.