Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Another Down Year?
If trends continue, 2018 looks like it could be the first year in a while with . That would be another year of losses, as this year saw a two percent slide to 17.2 million units.
Thing is, the automakers are ok with sliding volume as long as people are willing to pay for the cars they do buy. Fewer incentives equal bigger profits, so if they sell less but make more money, it's all good.
Red Bull Loves Verstappen
Max Verstappen, the Red Bull driver who just turned 20 years old, had a pretty great 2017 season. Even though he had a number of reliability issues during it, the end saw two wins n the final six races and some truly epic drives. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner seems smitten with him.
In a conversation with Racer, Horner essentially said that the in Verstappen, that he's someone they can build a team around, so he's excited to have him on board. Horner also wants to lock in Ricciardo as soon as possible to maintain the driver lineup that he thinks is the best in F1.
FCA with column shifts in the US. The trucks can shift out of park and present a rollaway risk.
The recall mainly impacts heavy duty pickups, with 2010 - 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500s, 2011 - 2017 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cabs, as well as a limited number of 2009 - 2017 Ram 1500s affected.
Kyle Busch's New Driver
Kyle Busch Motorsports Canadian Raphaël Lessard to drive a late model for him and Toyota Racing development. Lessard will drive about 20 races for the team in 2018.