Our good friend and guest contributor, GM’s Dr. Jamie Meyer, has a job most of us would instantly trade for. His title is “Performance Marketing Manager –
Performance Vehicles & Motorsports” which basically translates into “get people excited about GM’s high-performance cars.” He recently completed his 5th Hot Rod Power Tour during his tenure at GM, and his responsibilities this year involved staying ahead of the pack to do media appearances in the cites the Tour was visiting.
Of course, to make sure you arrive a few hours ahead of everyone else, it certainly helps to have a fast car – in this case, Doc was behind the wheel of a ZR1 Corvette. And not just any ZR1, mind you (as if there is a “run of the mill” 638 horsepower American supercar…) This was the same Vette that paced the Indy 500 this year.
“Now, a road trip in a ZR1 sounds like a dream job. And, it is. But, keep in mind; I was driving the actual Pace Car from the Indy 500,” Dr. Meyer explains. “The Simpson lap belts were still in the car, the light bar worked, and the stickers were authentic. It took all of about five minutes to realize that this wasn’t just any ZR1. No, this was a parade float that was capable of going over 200 mph. Hence, it’s ideal for attracting attention. That’s great for working the morning television talk shows, but it’s bad for local authorities or other drivers pining for a picture on their cell phones.”