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GM's Mark Reuss to Pace Detroit Grand Prix in Corvette Z06

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/29/2015 Kelly Pleskot

After serving as a pace car for the Indy 500, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will take a starring role in the Detroit Grand Prix. GM global product development boss Mark Reuss is taking the wheel to pace drivers at this year's " Chevrolet Dual in Detroit" event.

Reuss has a long history on the race track. Not only has he paced numerous races including past Detroit Grand Prix and Daytona 500 events, but he is also a certified industry pool test driver on the North Course of the Nürburgring in Germany. Before he took on his current role, he created the GM Performance Division in 2001 and was responsible for bringing the Chevrolet SS and Cadillac V-Series models to life.

“I’m thrilled to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car at this year’s Grand Prix,” Reuss said in a recent statement. “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." Reuss will pace drivers in two races on May 30 and 31 just miles away from Chevrolet's headquarters in Detroit.

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Spice Red Design Package Front Three Quarter

The Z06 featured at this year's Detroit Grand Prix is similar to the pace car driven by NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon at this year's Indy 500. Like that model, this Z06 features an Arctic White exterior and Adrenaline Red interior. It also boasts unique graphics, safety strobe lights, and a track-capable chassis.

Mark Reuss with 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Pace Car© Provided by MotorTrend Mark Reuss with 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Pace Car

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 features a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine with 650 hp. In our tests, we've clocked the Corvette Z06 hitting 60 mph in 3.2 seconds when paired with the seven-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions.

Source: General Motors


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