Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Takata has recalled an additional 3.3 million airbags, a massive addition to what is already the largest automotive recall in history. The newest recall impacts cars from 2009, 2010, and 2013 from pretty much every automaker. Seriously, reports the list includes Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla.
That's a lot of automakers. Please check to see if your car is included in the recall.
Alonso Needs More Pace
Fernando Alonso experienced the Daytona road course for the first time during this weekends Roar pre-season test. And he . The United Autosports Ligier JS27 was about 1.7 seconds off the pacesetting Cadillac DPi.
But that's not getting Alonso down. After the test, Alonso told Motorsport that there's still time and there still are adjustments to be made, but that the team does need to find more pace if it expects to be in contention during the Daytona 24.
Tatsuro Toyoda Passes
Tatsuro Toyoda, the former president of the Toyota, at the age of 88. Toyoda is known for his work on the international stage, like the NUMMI plant, which was a joint venture with General Motors.
Toyoda was president of the company for a short time, 1992 until 1995, but held numerous posts within the company during his tenure.
IndyCar's New Race Director
After much speculation, we finally have an answer. It isn't IMSA's Beaux Barfield, as was speculated, but .
Novak, who was a race director for IMSA in a number of events over the last few years, will head up IndyCar's officiating team starting at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix on March 11th.