Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
What Could Have Been
This year, IndyCar introduced new aero regulations that greatly reduced downforce. The goal? Closer, more exciting racing. And it's a success so far, with the 2018 season opener producing an insane amount of passes and a really close race. The same can't be said for F1, which had new regulations arrive in 2017 that gave the cars more grip and made them insanely quick, but the racing wasn't better.
Mario Andretti thinks that F1 missed an opportunity for a reboot that could have improved the spectacle. In a conversation with Motorsport, Andretti said that IndyCar definitely got its new formula right. .
I think personally that’s where F1 missed it, they gave them more mechanical grip with wider tires that gave them bigger weights which created more turbulence. And by doing bigger wings, they shorten the braking points even further which eliminates almost the chance of overtaking.
BMW's Sub Service
Subscription services seem to be the new hot thing for a new model of car ownership. Instead of owning one car, subscriptions let people choose which car they want to drive that day or week. Cadillac, Porsche, Volvo, and others are already trying out the model, and now with a pilot program in Nashville.
Dubbed Access by BMW, one dealer in Nashville will be providing the service. No pricing has been announced, but it likely won't be cheap.
When Clint Bowyer took over Tony Stewart's seat in the 14 car in 2017, it was expected that he'd immediately perform. He hadn't won since 2012, but that wasn't all his fault, with uncompetitive cars being part of it. But to end a 190 race winless streak.
The snow-delayed race in Martinsville was run on Monday, with Bowyer leading 215 laps. Kyle Busch finished second.