Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.
Flying cars are the vaporiest of all the vapor ware. They have been the dream of a number of manufacturers for decades, but never come to fruition. Mostly because they're bad as cars and bad as planes, so you have something that is compromised in every scenario. But that hasn't stopped automakers from seeing it as the future, and now Porsche is one of them.
is in developing a sort of flying taxi/drone that can get people across the most congested cities in the world in record time by moving people above the traffic. They call this "third-dimension mobility." Thing is, it isn't close to being a reality. Porsche is in the initial planning stages and sees it being about 10 years out.
Great IndyCar Race
This weekend was the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the IndyCar season opener. The new design cars looked great, and the race was truly fantastic. Robert Wickens, a Canadian who is a former DTM driver and now an IndyCar rookie qualified on pole and led more than half the race. On a final restart with just two laps to go, 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi dove under Wickens in turn one, lost the rear of the car, and crashed him out.
Rossi recovered to finish third, but he handed the win to Sebastien Bourdais. Bourdais was emotional in victory lane, as this completes his comeback from a horrifying crash in qualifying at Indy last year that left him with a broken hip and pelvis.
Three for Harvick
Kevin Harvick came in to Phoenix having won the last two NASCAR races. His last win came under question when his car chief was suspended and the team was fined for a rear window that appeared to be flexing, but it doesn't seem that mattered.
, this time not in dominating fashion, but by putting himself in the right place at the right time.