Corvette Z06 to Pace Detroit Grand Prix With Mark Reuss Driving

A mechanical engineer who started his career with General Motors as a student intern in 1983, Mark Reuss is one of the most important figures in modern automotive history. The executive vice president of General Motors’ global product development, purchasing and supply chain arm is going to pace the Detroit Grand Prix behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the golden bowtie’s halo model.
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Today’s announcement hints towards an exciting warm-up before the Chevrolet Dual starts this coming weekend in Detroit. Presented by Quicken Loans, the two races take place on Saturday and Sunday (May 30 and 31), about 2.5 miles from Chevy’s headquarters.

An avid fan of motorsports, Mark Reuss is excited about ripping some rubber at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “I’m thrilled to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car at this year’s Grand Prix,” Reuss declared.

"Growing up here and having the opportunity to help bring this great event to racing fans in Detroit has been very exciting, and the privilege of driving the pace car makes it even more special for me.” Mind you, Ruess paced racing events before, driving the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and 2014 Chevrolet SS.

The fellow is no stranger to all things fast and the smell of rubber on a racing track. Mark Reuss is a certified industry pool test driver on the North Course of the Nurburgring. Reuss also created and led the GM Performance Division in 2001, as well as the Chevrolet SS and Cadillac V-Series models.

It should be noted that the 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that Mark will drive this weekend is similar to the one Jeff Gordon had last weekend at the Indianapolis 500 race.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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