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GM Engineers Arrested for Street Racing C8 Corvettes

GM Engineers Arrested in Bowling Green For Illegally Street Racing a Pair of New C8 Corvettes

We’ve all been guilty of driving a little too aggressively at one time or another.  If you are behind the wheel of a Corvette it’s pretty much expected to happen.  Unfortunately there always a risk that mashing the gas pedal to the floor and driving a little (or a lot) too fast might attract the attention of law enforcement….and that is exactly what happened to two GM engineers who were arrested for allegedly racing two, mid-engine C8 Corvettes on the backroads of Bowling Green, Kentucky, home of the Corvette Manufacturing Plant.

Originally reported by Automobile, two General Motors employees were taken into custody on the evening of Wednesday, January 8 for “exceeding the posted 45-mph speed limit by more than 26 mph, reckless driving and racing motor vehicles on a public road.”  The accused – Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz – were racing two company-owned mid-engine Corvettes on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green.  Kentucky State Police spotted the pair of Corvettes and proceeded to pull the duo over before making the arrest.

According to their LinkedIn profiles, Thim is a CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) engineer working on induction and exhaust systems, and Derkatz is an electrical engineer – both employees for General Motors.

The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette
The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette.

The pair of Corvettes were summarily towed away and impounded in a tow lot before being picked up the following day by the “cars owner” – presumably a General Motors fleet manager.

In a statement to Automobile, GM said, “We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are currently investigating,” adding, “Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors. We have no further comment at this time.”

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

It is unknown at this time if the two engineers will remain employed with General Motors after this incident.  However, this event should serve as a PSA to all would-be racers looking to settle a score on the open road.  Take your cars to a local track – you’ll have a far more enjoyable experience AND you’ll avoid adding a “reckless driving” charge to your permanent record.