As details have trickled out, we’ve come to learn that GM product, purchasing and supply chief, Mark Reuss, was behind the wheel of the car when it crashed. Reuss lost control of the 755 horsepower Corvette ZR1, spun, and made contact with the cement wall during parade laps ahead of the race.
GM has since released a statement following the crash saying, “It is unfortunate that this incident happened. Many factors contributed, including weather and track conditions. The car’s safety systems performed as expected.”
Initial information pointed to a blown tire as the cause of the crash, but that has since been ruled out and dismissed. And despite the official statement, the track was dry and the weather was warm sunshine.
Reuss himself released a statement following the wreck and declared he was OK, but felt more than sorry for the incident.
“I want to thank you all for your well wishes today. 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.”