McLaren Thought Staff Might Leave Due to Honda Struggles

Plus Ford's plants, Leena Gade at Indy, and more.

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McLaren's Fear

When McLaren realized that its third season with Honda power wasn't going to be a return to the front of the grid, the team became incredibly concerned that it's newest members would leave. At least,

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The team's racing director said that while the team expected some struggles at the beginning of its relationship with Honda, after two seasons of issues, it expected the third season would find it back at the front of the grid. That didn't happen, and it led to concern that the team's staff would begin to leave to find more competitive options. Basically, the Renault switch had to happen, because if Honda got it wrong for season four, then McLaren would really have a problem.

End of the Fusion?

Ford has reportedly started informing suppliers that where the current model is made. That could impact the future of the model in the US.

Ford hasn't said what the plan is yet, but we might not get the next Fusion, it might be called something else, or it might just be built at a different plant. There is also the possibility that Ford could be betting totally on crossovers as sedans continue to slide in popularity.

Leena Gade to IndyCar?

If you've heard the name Leena Gade before, it's likely in conjunction with Audi's supremely dominant Le Mans team where she was a race engineer. Now, the SPM IndyCar team is .

Gade was reportedly a guest of SPM at the IndyCar test at Phoenix International Raceway and the team is interested in having her on board to boost its engineering cred. Of course, SPM isn't the only team in the world that wants Gade on board, so it'll be interesting to see where she lands.

Hyundai/Kia Recall

About 390,000 2013 - 2014 Hyundai Elantra and 134,000 2012 - 2014 Kia Fortes . Why? Because the brake lights might not illuminate when the brakes are on. That's an issue. Please take your car to a dealer to get it fixed if you own one that's being recalled.

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