IndyCar cockpit protection Aeroscreen: The further timetable
After the basically positive first test with Scott Dixon in Phoenix IndyCar head of security Jeff Horton describes the further schedule for the Aeroscreen
While in Formula 1 the cockpit protection Halo is mandatory in the upcoming season 2018 and the junior Formula 2 class is now using this variant, in the IndyCar series the IndyCar series goes a different way.
During last week’s test drives on the one-mile oval in Phoenix, four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon made his first rounds with the aeroscreen developed by PPG and Dallara. Cockpit protection, which is reminiscent of the Formula 1 discarded Shield concept, could become the IndyCar standard in the near future. But it’s not quite that far yet.
“We would like to test it on a city circuit, where there are walls, lanterns and so on,”says Jeff Horton, IndyCar head of security and head of the Aeroscreen project, naming the next planned step.
However, since it is not possible to test on city courses off the race weekend, the aeroscreen test will have to be taken on an official training day. In this context, Horton points out:”We would rather test it sooner than later. Nothing’s set yet, but we’ll definitely try.”
The IndyCar season kicks off from 9. till 11. March in St. Mar. Petersburg in Florida. From 13. till 15. April the race series will take place in Long Beach, California.
Concerning the timetable for a possible mandatory introduction of the aeroscreen, Horton is still cautious about the time taken to produce numerous copies of the cockpit protection:”I’d say 2019 is more likely.”
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