Danica Getting Closer

Plus Peugeot's plan, Mercedes's reveal, and more.

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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 Return

When Danica Patrick announced that she was planning to close out her racing career with runs at the Daytona and Indy 500 in 2018, she was light on the details. And that's because she didn't really have anything to announce. But now we know that Danica will be supported by for the two races. Patrick appeared in 13 Super Bowl ads for the brand, so it's a natural fit for these final two races.

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While the team for her return hasn't been announced, rumors now point to her running the Indy 500 , an original IRL team that has been running a limited schedule over the last few years. No team has been officially announced, and it's still anyone's guess who she'll run Daytona with.

The French Are Coming?

One unexpected result of PSA Peugeot Citroen buying Opel from General Motors? Gaining engineers that can help the company make Peugeots and Citroens legal for .

In addition to ramping up electric car production, the company is planning a return to the US after more than 20 years ago, though the return is expected to be slow, with just ride sharing at the start. It's also planning to have all of its cars be electrified (hybrid or full electric) by 2025.

2018 F1 Reveal

Mercedes will reveal its 2018 F1 car, the W09, . The team will then travel to Spain for pre-season testing.

Driverless Ubers?

While 2020 or 2021 seems to be the target for most self-driving car hopefuls, Uber might try to do outdo them. Uber is looking to drop the driver backups from , meaning you could ride in a car (a Volvo XC90, to be specific) without any sort of human driver. That's weird.

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