Danica's Daytona 500 Deal Still Isn't Settled

Plus VW and Hyundai's collaboration and Ed Carpenter's road course ringer.

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Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.


Danica's Delay

When Danica Patrick announced her retirement from full-time NASCAR competition, she also announced that she'd end her career by running at the Daytona and Indy 500s in 2018. But she who she'll be driving for.

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"I thought it was going to be a quicker process, but you can't rush things," Patrick told Racer. Patrick has been linked to a few teams, but nothing has come of it. A rumored seat with Andretti at Indy is no longer on the table, and a seat with Chip Ganassi for Daytona and Indy hasn't come to fruition.

VW and Hyundai's Partnership

It seems everyone needs self-driving tech, but not everyone ants to develop it in house. That's why we're seeing so many automakers partner with start-ups that are working only on autonomous tech

Hyundai and VW signed with Aurora Innovation, a self-driving start-up owned by a former Google engineer. The goal for Hyundai is driverless cars by 2021, while VW wants driverless ride sharing in various cities.

ECR's IndyCar Road Course Ringer

While Spencer Pigot will be full-time in IndyCar in 2018 in one of Ed Carpenter's cars, the other car will have two drivers. Team owner Carpenter will be in the car on ovals, and now it's been announced will run the car on road and street courses.

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