No pace car paces the field by running 'flat out' . . . . or even at half the speed they could run for that matterIt always looks like pace/safety cars are lumbering along as the racers behind struggle to keep up tire temps. In gact they are going flat out, no place for amateur drivers.
Will Power knows how to drive it apparently.But Indy 500 champion Will Power told the Indianapolis Star that the turn Reuss crashed in on the Belle Isle street circuit is a tricky one, with a crest in the middle of it that can upset a vehicle.
I can imagine."I have driven this course many many many times. I have paced this race in the wet, cold, hot, and calm. On [Corvette] Z06's, Grand Sports, and other things. It is never a casual thing for me, but an honor to be asked. Today I let down my friends, my family, Indycar, our city and my company. Sorry does not describe it........."
You can take a Cadillac ATS-V on that track with 1/2 the tire, barely over 1/2 the HP, and it's 200lb heavier, at speeds of over 140mph.If he was such a great driver he wouldn't have crashed it. In Formula 1 they have professional drivers designated to drive the safety cars (usually top end AGM sports cars) and you can hear the tires squealing in the turns while the drivers are complaining about the slow speeds to race control. While Indy cars drive slower you obviously still need a professional driver and not some "celerity".