By day, Gregory Roselli is a Gaming, Lodging and Leisure research analyst for UBS. By night, on the weekends, and when he's got 6 vacation days to spare, he's a speed demon who loves to grip a stick shift. Which is why last week, the week of the Bullrun Live Rally, an "eight-day rolling party from Las Vegas to Miami - bringing together a celebrity strewn cast of characters and petrosexuals for an unforgettable adventure - where the only obligatory goals are to party, drive and enjoy," was supposed to be great. No, better than great- epic. And for the first 7.5/8ths of it, it was. Roselli was making new friends, including BLR participant Ice-T. He was tooling across America in his Audi R8. He was feeling alive again for the first time in god knows how long. In short, the $20,000 entrance fee was well worth it. Then Roselli hit the Florida Turnpike, and things started to go down hill.
Investigators say the driver of an Audi R8 was headed southbound on the Turnpike in Orange County near State Road 408 when the collision occurred. The Florida Highway Patrol, responding to calls complaining that the cars were traveling at more than 100 mph, had been on the way to the scene when the crash happened about 10:25 a.m. Investigators say the right rear tire of 30-year-old Gregory Roselli's Audi separated from the car, sending him barreling into a barrier wall and then into the rear of a 2004 Honda 4-door. By the time troopers arrived, the rest of the vehicles participating in the event were long gone, said Sgt. Kim Montes, an FHP spokeswoman. Roselli and the Honda driver, 47-year-old Holly Sadler, were unhurt.
Roselli, who resides in Hoboken, was arrested and charged with "participating in an unlawful race and reckless driving," with his bail set at $1,200. Despite appearing less than enthused while being handcuffed, Greg has not lashed out at Bullrun, which remains a favorite activity on his Facebook profile. For those worried about the Honda, you can check out it fared in this clip:
Raw Video: Man In Custody After High Speed Crash [WFTV]
Bullrun 2011 Audi R8 Crash [YouTube]
Police say Bullrun drivers racing ahead of crash [Jalopnik]
Bullrun Rally driver in Audi sports car arrested after crash on Florida's Turnpike [Orlando Sentinel]