General Motors workers caught racing new 2020 Corvettes

Andrew Cummings
January 13, 2020

Whether or not the two engineers remain employed at General Motors remains to be seen.

After the two men were arrested, the Corvettes were towed away to a nearby tow lot where they were collected the next day likely by representatives from the automaker.

Mark Derkatz, 30, of Windsor, was stopped by Kentucky State Police along with Alexander Thim, 27, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, on the night of January 8.

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.

Alexander Thim, 27, and Mark Derkatz, 30, were stopped by police while racing the luxury cars down a Kentucky road. Going by the description on the ticket, sometime after after leaving the Cue Time Cocktails and Billiards bar in Bowling Green in a trio of Corvettes - Thim in a red one, Derkatz in a white one, an unnamed third GM engineer in a blue one - two of the three chose to hit a back road called Lovers Lane to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Thim's profile shows he is a CAE (computer-aided engineering) engineer for GM.

It said Bowling Green Assembly is the only location that builds the model of vehicle its employees had taken for a joyride. The company said in a statement that it is aware of the incident involving its "test vehicles" and is investigating.

"Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors", the spokesperson said. "We have no further comment at this time".

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is the latest model of the famous American sportscar line - now in its eighth generation.

Unlike previous generations of the Corvette, the C8 situates its engine mid-car, behind its seats.

The new mid-engine Chevrolet C8 Corvette is undoubtedly a fast vehicle.

On Monday, the 2020 Corvette won the North American Car of the Year Award in Detroit.

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