Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Like a Rock
As part of a celebration of Chevy Trucks's 100th anniversary, the bowtie showed the 2019 Silverado for the first time. Shown in Z71 trim, the Silverado looks more aggressive than the last generation model.
Chevy didn't reveal any details of powertrain or what the truck is made of; it's saving that for the official debut. We do anticipate a number of engine options that will be comparable to the Ford F-150, and there's the rumor of an option carbon fiber bed.
Ron Would Do the Same Thing
Zak Brown is confident that McLaren's decision to switch to a customer supply of Renault engines from Honda's factory effort will be a success. He also believes Ron Dennis would have made the same decision.
In , Brown said that he "thinks he would have" made the same decision. He knows that Ron has McLaren's best interests in mind and would prefer to see the team at the front, not languishing at the back.
NIO, a Chinese electric car maker, has . The vehicle has gone on sale in China for about $68,000, which is almost half the price of a Tesla Model X in China.
The ES8 has a range of 311 miles, which is more than the Model X, and can get to 60 in 4.4 seconds. The company is planning to bring its cars to the US, so Tesla might have yet another rival.
Indy's Race Director
Late last month, long-time IndyCar Race Director Brian Barnhart announced that he would be leaving the post to be president of Harding Racing, a team entering the series full-time in 2018. That means that the job is open, but there is a .
IndyCar could promote one of its current stewards, but it could also bring back Beaux Barfield, who served in the role at IndyCar from 2012 to 2014. We'll see who the series chooses soon.