GM exec who crashed Corvette before IndyCar race issues apology

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The General Motors executive who inadvertently wrecked a $120,000 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 leading the field to the green in Sunday’s Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit issued a statement about the incident on Monday morning.

Mark Reuss, the executive who was piloting the car at the time, took to his Facebook page to explain what happened when he lost control of the 755-horsepower sports car, spun and piled head-on into a retaining wall, causing extensive damage to the car and causing a nearly 30-minute delay to the start of the race while debris was cleaned up.

“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.”

Reuss is Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain at General Motors. He was chosen to drive the ZR1, which had been tabbed as the pace car for Sunday’s race.

Reuss and passenger Mark Sand, a Verizon IndyCar Series official, were uninjured in the mishap.

GM issued a statement shortly after the incident, saying: “It is unfortunate that this incident happened. Many factors contributed, including weather and track conditions. The car’s safety systems performed as expected.”

Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern found a silver lining in the incident, saying in a tweet that even though Chevrolet had a heavily damaged car and an embarrassed executive, it gained some strong exposure from the televised incident.

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Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.