Chevy Engine to Power Fernando Alonso’s 2019 Indianapolis 500 Entry

Fernando Alonso’s 2019 Indianapolis 500 Entry

Fernando Alonso’s 2019 Indianapolis 500 Entry

When you’re competing in one of the most well-known automotive races in the world, you want to make sure you’re backed by the best of the best. That’s why it comes as no surprise that Fernando Alonso’s 2019 Indianapolis 500 entry will be driven by Chevrolet’s 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged direct-injected V6 IndyCar engine.

Chevrolet Power

Chevy’s engine has gained a reputation for powering Indy 500 winners. Since its 2012 introduction to the IndyCar Series, it has powered four winners. “It will be a privilege to wear the Bowtie Brand at the 2019 Indy 500,” said Alonso. “Having Chevrolet power behind me means we’re putting ourselves in the best possible position to compete at the front.”

2-Time Formula 1 Champ

Alonso is a two-time Formula 1 champion, winning in 2005 and 2006. He’s currently in the all-time sixth place driver with 32 victories and 97 podium finishes. He will be racing in the 2019 Indy 500 as a McLaren Racing entry, bringing both talent and passion to the track.

Can-Am Series

This isn’t the first time Chevrolet and McLaren have partnered up. In 1966, the two car-makers worked together in the Can-Am Series, winning more than 70 percent of the races over the next seven years. Make sure you tune in to watch the 2019 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26. We at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC will be!

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Capability Predicted to Be Better Than Ever

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Capability

The Most Capable TrucksHeavy-duty trucks are the most capable vehicles in the industry – and the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD is set to raise the bar on what this segment can achieve when it comes to capability. According to Chevrolet, the newest Silverado HD will be the most capable and the most advanced Silverado HD ever. It will come with the choice of two new powertrains. The first is an all-new gasoline engine, which will be mated with a six-speed transmission.

Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 Engine

For diesel fans, the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 engine is an attractive option to increase 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD capability even more. It comes mated to an all-new Allison 10-speed transmission and puts out an outstanding 910 lb-ft of torque. On the outside, the 2020 Silverado HD will put forward a bold look, reflecting its work horse roots. Its masculine silhouette will differentiate it from its light-duty sibling, while also adding an additional three inches of legroom and a taller seating position.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Capability

“We know the needs and priorities of heavy-duty customers are different than those of either light-duty or medium-duty customers,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer for the Silverado HD. “As such, we built a heavy-duty truck tailor-made for them that has more differentiation than ever before from light-duty models, offers advanced towing technologies to improve towing confidence, and includes new features such as the integrated Bedstep, which makes it easier to access the bed while pulling a fifth-wheel trailer.”

Coming Soon!

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD debut is set for February 2019. It will be the third Silverado model to be introduced in just 18 months, and you will be able to find all of them here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Scenic Winter Drives Near Charlotte, NC

scenic winter drives near Charlotte

Our location in Newton gives us access to beautiful drives in nearby Charlotte and the great state of North Carolina. If you have just purchased a new Chevy SUV or truck at our dealership and want to take it out this season, go on one of these scenic winter drives nearby.

Hanging Rock Scenic Byway

This beautiful stretch of road runs through Stokes and Surry counties. Along the way, you can take in the sites Hanging Rock State Park and enjoy 20 miles of trails, which take you to some stunning waterfalls, (which may even be frozen during winter).

Blue Ridge Parkway

Head into the Great Smoky Mountains via the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 252-mile road that takes you through the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. Along the way, you can stop at Mount Mitchell State Park, which contains the highest peak in the eastern United States.

Whitewater Way

You’ll have to drive a couple hours to make it to this 9-mile stretch of road, but trust us — it’s worth it. This drive goes past Gorges State Park with a tremendous waterfall — a towering 411 feet tall. It’s quite a gorgeous site in the wintertime; just make sure you bundle up!

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC sells many vehicle options that make excellent road trip rides. Come see what we have!

Tips for Taking Care of Your Silverado & Colorado

taking care of your Silverado

What Goes Into Taking Care of your Silverado Or Colorado?

According to registration data from the last three decades, the Chevrolet Silverado is the longest-lasting pickup truck, and the newer Colorado is built with the same great quality. Even so, keeping your Chevy truck running for years involves some work on the owner’s end. Here are some basic tips for taking care of your Silverado or Colorado.

Never miss an oil change

Oil changes are important for the engine health of cars and SUVs. Trucks are no different. Use your owner’s manual to keep track of when your Silverado or Chevrolet Colorado is next due.

Don’t forget the tires and wheels

If you get the oil changed at our dealership, we can also rotate the tires while we are at it to ensure even wear. You should also routinely get the alignment checked and have your tires balanced.

Check on your fluids

Your truck has a lot of essential fluids. We’ll check them and top them off during your visits, but you should watch them in between visits as well and refill as necessary. If you suspect a leak, bring your truck in right away.

Wash it regularly

Take pride in your truck by keeping it spotless. Doing so will also keep it from rusting.

If you need maintenance work done to your Silverado or Colorado to keep it healthy, bring it to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC. We’d be glad to work on it.

Try Out These Unexpected Twists on Thanksgiving Dinner

Make Thanksgiving Dinner New

Make Thanksgiving Dinner New

Yet another Thanksgiving is fast approaching. If you are getting burnt out on the same old traditional Thanksgiving dinner year after year, try one of these surprising twists on Thanksgiving dinner for this year’s celebration:

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

When we consume potatoes during Thanksgiving, we typically have mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole. The maple-roasted sweet potatoes are a unique and tasty twist that are only 96 calories per serving.

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Sage

The kids may oppose this one just because they’ve been taught that Brussels sprouts are icky, but we adults know the truth: Brussels sprouts are delicious. They’re just not commonly eaten at Thanksgiving. Ditch the green bean casserole and try making this delicious dish instead.

Fruit Salad with Cranberry Dressing

Cranberries are a Thanksgiving staple, but if eating them by themselves has never been your cup of tea, you might like them more when they’re used more subtly in a dish. The dressing is delicious, and the fruit is a refreshing change of pace after all the savory foods of Thanksgiving. Get the recipe here.

Pumpkin-Walnut Biscuits

Move over, pumpkin pie. There’s a new pumpkin delicacy in town. These biscuits are perfectly sweet but also full of healthy goodies, like vitamins A, C, and E.

We at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

What is the Purpose of a Pace Car?

Out Pacing The Competition In This Pace Car

Out Pacing The Competition In This Pace Car

Why Do We Need The Pace Car In NASCAR?

While watching major automotive racing events, you might have noticed a car that leads the pack before the race starts or during random caution events. This is called the pace car, and it actually serves an important purpose.

There Are Multiple Reasons

According to USA Today writer Michelle R. Martinelli, a pace car’s primary purpose is to keep the drivers safe but also to get them warmed up before a racing event begins. When there is an accident on the track, bad weather, or some other event that could cause safety concerns, the pace car must insert itself in front of the leader of the pack and bring everyone down to a slow speed until the issue is resolved.

History Of The Pace Car

The first pace car ever used was in the Indianapolis 500 during the inaugural race in 2011. It was a Stoddard-Dayton, and Carl G. Fisher was the driver. Chevy vehicles are quite frequently used as the pace car for the Indy 500. Popular Chevy models for this honor include the Corvette and the Impala. In NASCAR races, the automaker of the pace car can vary depending on who sponsors the track. Chevy tracks use a Chevy Camaro.

Have more questions about NASCAR racing? Ask the experts at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.

Great Race Day Snacks for Your Next Party

Race Day Snacks

Pre-Race Snacks

The race car season is going full tilt, so why not throw a big race day party for your friends and family? If you’re wondering what race day snacks you should provide at your next race day party, never fear – we’ve put together a list that will help you get started.

Spare Tire Donuts

If you’re going to be watching the big race, why not have a bit of a race day theme going on with your food? You can make your own chocolate-covered donuts at home (or purchase some from the grocery store) and call them spare tires. After all, those little circles sure do look like a delicious set of wheels.

BBQ Cocktail Wieners

There’s nothing more fool-proof than some delicious cocktail wieners. Simply buy a couple packages of these mini hotdogs, put them in a slow cooker, add some BBQ sauce and “Viola!” You have a delicious snack for your friends and family.

Hot Broccoli Dip

Sneak in something green into your guests’ race day meal with some hot broccoli dip. Just follow the recipe here and serve it with some tortilla or pita chips.

Pizza

Whether you order some from your local pizzeria or want to have your guests make their own, pizza is a great way to cater a party. You can even pick some up from the grocery store and simply pop it in the oven before the race begins.

Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Near Hickory, NC, we are always looking for some new race-day recipes, so feel free to share some of your own.

Gotham Star David Mazouz Promotes Safe Driving

David Mazouz On Text & Driving

Text & Driving

David Mazouz Promotes Safe Driving

When you’re out on the open road, it’s hard to ignore the bad drivers that are out there. Whether it’s someone texting behind the wheel or speeding through lane changes, these drivers are all a threat to others around them.  To help curb these bad driving habits at a young age, Chevrolet and DoSomething.org have created the “Brake it Down” campaign – and they’ve recruited a young Hollywood star to help them out.

Batman & Safety

David Mazouz, an actor best known for his portrayal as a young Bruce Wayne (Batman) in the TV show Gotham, has teamed up with Chevrolet and DoSomething.org in a video to promote better driving habits by portraying four types of bad drivers. The first driver he characterizes is the driver that is running late to a social engagement. Next, Mazouz acts like an automotive daredevil, taking driving risks that he shouldn’t. For the third character, he actually plays a distracting passenger – someone that won’t stop talking to the driver and keeping the driver’s attention from the road.

Text BRAKE

Finally, the last character he portrays is the Karaoke Champ, who belts out entertaining, but dangerously enthusiastic renditions of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” and Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” Along with this video, the campaign also encourages young drivers nationwide to take the “Brake it Down” quiz. They simply have to text “BRAKE” to 38383 before September 15th and learn the on-road habits of their friends. When they do so, they not only receive customized driving tips to share, but will also be entered to win a $5,000 scholarship.

Check out the entire promotional video here.  Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC, we are all about campaigns that discourage distracted driving.

Fun Things to Do in Hickory, NC

Things To Do In Hickory

Exploring Hickory

Located only twenty minutes away from us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet lies Hickory, North Carolina. This wonderful town has a welcoming, small-town feel that is difficult to ignore. That’s why we encourage you to visit and enjoy one of these many things to do in Hickory.

Hickory Museum Of Art

Catch a bit of culture while you’re in Hickory at the Hickory Museum of Art. This museum has a number of changing exhibitions throughout the year and a collection that focuses on American and American Southern Folk art styles. Whether you want to simply visit the museum to enjoy the beautiful works of art or plan on taking one of the museum’s many classes, the options are endless at the Hickory Museum of Art.

Check Out A Hickory Crawdads Game

There are a few things better than having fun at a baseball game when the weather’s beautiful. Luckily, the Crawdads, Hickory’s very own Minor League Baseball team, has a jam-packed schedule that makes it easy to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.

Explore Bakers Mountain Park

Looking to get outdoors to enjoy the natural beauty of Hickory? Well, look no further than Bakers Mountain Park. You can hike through this 189-acre park, climb a mountain, and see the beautiful views of Catawba Valley. With over six miles of trailers, there’s no doubt that you will truly enjoy this day outdoors.

If you need a new ride to get you around Hickory, NC, check out our lineup here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Accessories You Must Have

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 accessories

An Interior For Any Job

Finding the perfect pickup truck for your needs isn’t always easy. While the Chevy Silverado 1500 certainly comes close to perfect, this pickup truck also offers plenty of aftermarket accessories that are sure to keep you happy.  Here, we look at some of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 accessories you shouldn’t ignore.

All-Weather Floor Liners

Trucks are built to be rough-and-tumble, which is why you will likely be getting a bit dirty while behind the wheel. Whether you’re getting into the cabin after a long day at a construction site or have been exploring off the beaten track, all-weather floor liners will ensure that your truck stays in top condition.

A New Set Of Rims

Nothing can change the look of a truck quite like the right set of wheels. There are plenty of options out there for this popular pickup truck, so you can easily find the right rim to express your individual style.

Truck Bed Tool Boxes

If you use your Silverado 1500 as a work truck – or merely have a handy side – then installing one of the many available after-market toolboxes is a great idea. These will give you the perfect place to tuck away your tools while keeping your truck bed from becoming cluttered.

Find the perfect Silverado accessories for your truck when you visit Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.