Windsor GM employee busted racing new Corvette in Kentucky

Daniel Fowler
January 13, 2020

Kentucky State Police spotted the pair of Corvettes and proceeded to pull the duo over before making the arrest.

Thim and Derkatz were charged with racing a motor vehicle on a public highway, reckless driving and speeding.

According to WXYZ Detroit, the two men were street racing Corvette Stingrays in Bowling Green, Kentucky when they were arrested.

The accused - Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz - were racing two company-owned mid-engine Corvettes on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green.

Police said Thim was driving a red Corvette reaching speeds of up to 120 miles per hour in the left lane of Lovers Lane, while Derkatz was driving a white Corvette traveling as high as 100 miles per hour in the right lane.

According to reports by USA'sAutomobile magazine and Kentucky TV station WNKY 40, one of the Corvette drivers was reportedly clocked at 120mph (193kmh) while there other was written up for travelling at 100mph (160kmh).

It said Bowling Green Assembly is the only location that builds the model of auto its employees had taken for a joyride.

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It is unclear whether or not the drivers will lose their jobs, but the incident was seen as a major embarrassment to General Motors.

Derkatz's LinkedIn profile shows that he is an electrical engineer who graduated from the University of Windsor, and is a member of GM's Corvette Electrical Launch Team.

General Motors released a statement to Automobile which said: "We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are now investigating". Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors.

USA media reports say one of the drivers was an engineer who specialised in induction and exhaust systems while the other was an electrical engineer. "We have no further comment at this time", GM said.

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