Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
McLaren Won't Be Back at Indy
There were rumors that McLaren would return to Indy again in 2018 in partnership with Andretti Autosport, just like it did with Fernando Alonso in 2017. However, the announcement that Carlos Munoz would be back with the team for the 2018 500 without assistance from McLaren really put the possibility of a return in doubt.
Now, it's official that McLaren won't be back. McLaren Executive Director Zak Brown has confirmed that But Brown hasn't ruled out a full time IndyCar team or an Indy one-off that occurs every year for a decade. But 2018 won't be the start of either.
A New RDX!
You might not find this all that exciting, but Acura will debut at next month's Detroit Auto Show. This is the biggest redesign for the RDX in a decade, and it's an important one. Like it or not small SUVs are the money makers, so if we want an NSX Type R, we need the RDX to succeed.
If you paid any attention to the 2017 F1 season, you'd know that McLaren Honda had the opposite of a good season, with myriad power unit failures. Despite that, Honda believes it can be .
The main thing here is that it's the rate of development it's proud of, not the actual on track performance, as it was lackluster. But the team prioritized performance over reliability, which Honda believes it can fix in 2018. Let's see if it can.
Ford/Mazda Pickup Recall
The Takata recall has struck 380,000 Ford Rangers and Mazda B2000s . If you have one of these trucks, please take it in to be fixed.