Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Toro Rosso's Shakedown
This season will be Toro Rosso's first with a factory engine supply. Of course, it comes courtesy of Honda, which had just severed ties with McLaren after three abysmal seasons. The Japanese manufacturer doesn't really have the best reputation in the sport, but it seems that this first shakedown might have gone rather well.
Toro Rosso's shakedown and actually ran ahead of schedule. The team called it "a perfect day." That must really sting McLaren, which could barely do preseason testing without issues when it ran Hondas. Perhaps this'll be a great year for Red Bull's junior team.
Audi's Toll Idea
Across the US, there are various different systems for automatically paying tolls. Here on the east coast we have EZ Pass, but it's not nationwide. There are also different systems in other countries. For any of these cashless toll systems, you need to have a little transmitter in the car to make it work. If you forget that, you're screwed and have to wait.
Audi might have a solution . It works with most cashless toll systems in the US and even ones in Canada and Mexico. You just need to register it with your account. Audi plans to roll out the module to some models later this year.
CJ Wilson Steps Up
Former professional pitcher and friend of R&T CJ Wilson loves racing. His CJ Wilson Racing team was a fixture in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, but the effort ended earlier this year. Now, Wilson's team is back, and it's moving up the ladder.
Drivers Marc Miller and Till Bechtolsheimer will drive an NSX GT3 for Wilson in IMSA's GTD class this year, starting at the 12 Hours of Sebring. As you can see above, the livery is awesome.