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INDYCAR To Conduct First On-Track Aeroscreen Test At IMS
September 30, 2019
This will be the first on-track test for the aeroscreen—which is being developed to reduce the risk of driver injury from debris or other objects striking the cockpit area in the event of a collision.
INDYCAR To Conduct First On-Track Aeroscreen Test At IMS

INDYCAR will conduct its first on-track test for the INDYCAR Aeroscreen driver safety innovation that will be implemented for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing, 2014 series champion Will Power of Team Penske, INDYCAR President Jay Frye and Red Bull Racing Business Development Engineer Andy Damerum will participate in the test, which is set for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, October 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

INDYCAR previously announced in May that the sanctioning body formed a partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies to design an aeroscreen for enhanced driver cockpit protection that will be implemented for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season.

The aeroscreen—which currently surrounds the cockpit and consists of a ballistic windscreen anchored by titanium framework—is being developed to reduce the risk of driver injury from debris or other objects striking the cockpit area.

The RBAT design will be a polycarbonate laminated screen that will include an anti-reflective coating on the interior of the screen, anti-fogging device through an integral heating element and possibly tear-offs, all of which will be produced by integrated third-party companies. Another feature for the drivers will be a cockpit cooling option that will be designed by Dallara in conjunction with RBAT.

The titanium framework will mount in three areas around the cockpit—the chassis center line, two rear side mounts and roll hoop integration—to provide enhanced load-bearing capabilities.

This will be the first of three on-track tests in three weeks for the aeroscreen. Additional tests are scheduled for Barber Motorsports Park on Monday, October 7 and at Richmond Raceway on Tuesday, October 15.

The aeroscreen is the second phase of INDYCAR's objective to further enhance driver safety in the open-cockpit race cars. INDYCAR debuted the Advanced Frontal Protection (AFP) device for the INDYCAR Grand Prix that was held May 10-11 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and it was used throughout the season. The AFP is designed to help deflect debris away from the cockpit area and the driver.

For more information, visit indycar.com.