Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
The Dodge Challenger Super Stock Will Cost $81,090
The Challenger is one of the oldest cars on sale today, but Dodge does a remarkably good job of keeping things fresh. Last month, it unveiled the Challenger SRT Super Stock, an 807-hp monster designed specifically for drag racers. Today, it confirmed that the Super Stock will cost $81,090, which seems like a lot for a Challenger... until you remember it has 807 horsepower. Not even a Ferrari 812 Superfast—which starts at well over $300,000—can beat that.
Order books for the Super Stock open up later this month, with production expected to begin in the Fall. Yes, the Challenger may be overdue for replacement, but with models like the Super Stock, it might not matter.
James Hinchcliffe Tops First Indy 500 Practice
This week, practice and qualifications for the 104th Indy 500 finally got underway after the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the race from its traditional May date. Speaking to our colleagues at Autoweek, James Hinchcliffe noted that it was surreal to run at a fan-less Speedway, but it didn't stop him from going really fast. He topped the timing sheets for Wednesday, setting a 224.526 mph average. It was a good day for his team, Andretti Autosport, with Marco Andretti running second at 224.345 and Ryan Hunter-Reay in fourth with 223.341. Scott Dixon split Hinch's teammates, running at 224.047, and Fernando Alonso completed the top five at 223.28 mph.
Practice for the 500 continues today, with Fast Friday set for tomorrow, and two days of qualifications over the weekend.
Sergio Perez Tests Negative for COVID-19, Will Race In Spain
Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez missed two back-to-back rounds at Silverstone following positive COVID-19 tests. Motorsport.com reports that Perez just tested negative, so he'll be rejoining the grid at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. Perez was asymptomatic the whole time, so he shouldn't have much trouble getting back in the car, though he returns to chaos at Racing Point, where there's all sorts of controversy about the legality and general sportsmanship of its very Mercedes-esque car.
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