Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Alphons Iacobelli led labor relations for Fiat Chrysler until 2015. During that time, he diverted $1.5 million from a UAW training fund, keeping $1 million of it for himself to buy a Ferrari and two extremely expensive Mont Blanc pens,
Iacobelli entered a guilty plea in Detroit on Monday. He's returned $354,000, the price of the Ferrari, and will be giving up the pens. Iacobelli is not the only person implicated, with people at the UAW and within FCA also implicated.
Penske's Acura Livery
This weekend is the 24 Hours of Daytona, the first big motorsports event of the year. It also marks the return of Team Penske to sports car racing with the Acura ARX05 DPi race car. And now we have a first look at the livery that the cars Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor, Graham Rahal, Juan Montoya, Dane Cameron, and Simon Pagenaud are driving this weekend will carry.
Waymo's Next City
Waymo, Google's driverless car program, is expanding the reach of its testing. Currently, it has cars with no human back-up on the road outside Phoenix, but the company has cars in 24 cities. Atlanta will be the 25th. Even if there are human backups in the car, it'll help the company get more data.
Carlin's First Impressions
Trevor Carlin's new IndyCar team turned its first laps at Homestead Speedway outside Miami yesterday. By all accounts, . The new team will have veteran drivers with Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball behind the wheel of the cars. The former Ganassi teammates seem excited to work with the new team.