Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
After starting 16th thanks to some penalties, Max Verstappen drove the race of his life at yesterday's US Grand Prix at COTA. On the last lap, he was in fourth, but within inches of Kimi Raikkonen's slowing Ferrari. So he went for it at COTA's quadruple apex right hander at the end of the lap.
And . Verstappen crossed the line third behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
Problem is, while making the pass, he had to throw the car up on the curbs. After the race, Verstappen was handed a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits to gain an advantage.
Of course, Verstappen was less than thrilled. His argument isn't that he didn't exit the track–he doesn't deny that–it's that stewards are inconsistent with enforcing the rules. There were a number of times during the race that other cars went off while defending or catching other cars, but they weren't issued penalties because it was determined they didn't gain an advantage.
If Verstappen didn't complete the pass, then maybe there would have been no penalty. It just stinks because he had a brilliant drive and it's overshadowed by stewards's decision.
The Big One
Yesterday's NASCAR race was at Kansas Motor Speedway, a track that doesn't use a restrictor plate. That doesn't mean there can't be a massive crash, though. Erik Jones spun and started the crash, which took out playoff contenders Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth.
Martin Truex Jr. crossed the line first for his seventh win of the season.
Cameras Are Coming
Rearview mirrors have been the same for generations. But recently, there have been cameras that can broadcast over mirrors, the intent is to get rid of blindspots. GM and Nissan have cars with the option.
And , with 1.8 million on the road by 2025. If you've never used one, it's an interesting experience. After years of seeing seats and the top of heads in the mirror, you now have an unencumbered rear view. However, your eyes need to refocus on the camera, which can take a second and it doesn't feel as natural to look at as a mirror.
Two Tone Is Cool
Two tone paint on cars . The designs, which used to be a mainstay of US cars in the 50s and 60s, are now coming back. About 20 cars are offering two tone designs. It's being used a design element, instead of surfacing. It's mainly limited to roofs right now.
And while it's a unique feature at the moment, it'll likely end once too many companies adopt the trend. When everyone has it, nobody has it.