Regular IndyCar Series pace vehicle driver Oriol Servia later took over driving duties as the race was restarted. "You know, I feel like with what we had, that's the most that we could have got out of that race".
So what happened? Belle Isle claimed another victim and this time, it was a 755-horsepower pace auto. This was a spotlight moment for Chevrolet to show off a new product in its home town, and there was no better person to handle the honours than Reuss, the big dog of the motorsports program.
Given the opportunity to drive a pace auto, most executives would have babied the thing around, soaking up adulation while the tyres of the following field went colder than Vladimir Putin's soul. GM's official statement claims that track conditions and weather played into the crash and while the Belle Isle course is known for being sketchy at times, anyone who has spent any time on a road course can see in the video that weather and track conditions weren't at fault here. His shunt at the Detroit Grand Prix is further proof that this type of thing can happen to anyone. "I know that thing is 750 horsepower", Hunter-Reay said.
Team Penske's Will Power finished 11.3549 seconds back in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, allowing the recent Indianapolis 500 victor to re-assume the championship lead. IndyCar veteran Oriol Servia will get behind the wheel of a backup ZR1 for the remainder of the race. On Facebook, he says he let down his family and GM. It's just such a bad corner. Sorry does not describe it.
Rossi, who had won races after his two previous Verizon IndyCar Series poles, said he didn't understand what happened to his car's performance at the critical juncture.
In doing so, Hunter-Reay picked up his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory since Pocono Raceway in August 2015 and ruined what looked like a ideal plan coming together for Rossi.
The win put Hunter-Reay in fourth place in the standings, 31 points behind Power.