The start of Sunday’s second race in the Verizon IndyCar Series Dual in Detroit was delayed over half an hour — after the pace car crashed.
The car, driven by guest pace car driver Mark Reuss of General Motors, made a sharp turn after exiting Turn 2 and made hard contact with the outside retaining wall. Only Alexander Rossi was able to get by; the rest of the field — most of whom hadn’t made the turn and had no idea what had happened — was stopped behind the damaged pace car while the safety team worked to remove debris. Reuss was able to exit the vehicle; he and INDYCAR official Mark Sandy were evaluated and released from the infield care center without injury.
Cars were refired one by one and brought back to pit road under a red flag.
Servia resumed pace car duties in a back-up car. The delay was lengthened while the back-up car was outfitted with a transponder.
“We are thankful that there were no serious injuries,” Chevrolet said in a statement. “Both the pace car driver and the series official were taken to the infield care center, where they were checked, cleared and released.
“It is unfortunate that this incident happened. Many factors contributed, including weather and track conditions. The car’s safety systems performed as expected.”