July 15, 2011|By Anika Myers Palm and Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
A driver who was participating in the famed cross-country Bullrun Rally was arrested Friday when he rear-ended another vehicle after losing a tire while racing on Florida’s Turnpike, authorities said.
Investigators say the driver of an Audi R8, had been racing with up to 15 high-end sports cars 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, of Toms River, N.J., was arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of participating in an unlawful race and reckless driving. His bail was set at $1,200.
The Bullrun Rally started in Las Vegas on July 8 and is expected to end Friday in Miami. A website for the annual event describes it as “an epic eight-day rolling party” featuring about 100 luxury cars.
Entry is by invitation only, and celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Dennis Rodman, Mario Andretti and Carl Lewis have participated in the past.
This year, participants include NASCAR driver Robby Gordon, rapper Vanilla Ice, and actor Ice-T, according to the website. The entry fee is $20,000.