Two GM employees arrested for street racing C8 Corvettes
Two GM employees were caught street racing two C8 Corvettes last week according to Kentucky State Police.
Troopers stopped Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz in Bowling Green Kentucky and charged the pair with reckless driving, racing a motor vehicle on a public highway and speeding 26 mph or more over the speed limit.
According to arrest reports for both men Wedensday at 11:20 p.m., a trooper noticed three 2020 Corvettes turn onto Lovers Lane. Derkatz, driving a white Corvette, was clocked with speed of 100 mph in a 45-mph zone, while Thim, behind the wheel of a red Corvette, was clocked with a top speed of 120 mph in the 45-mph zone. The report noted that the driver of the third Corvette, which was blue in color, was not participating in the racing.
After they were stopped both drivers admitted they were GM employees and that they had just left a nearby bar. The cars, which were impounded, were identified as 2020 C8 Corvettes.
“We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are currently investigating," GM noted in a statement provided to Automobile. "Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors. We have no further comment at this time."
GM builds the Corvettes in Bowling Green and the National Corvette Museum is also located there. No word on whether the two, who are GM engineers, are still employed by the company.