IndyCar to use Red Bull Aeroscreen from 2020

2020 Aeroscreen Rendering

2020 Aeroscreen Rendering

The Aeroscreen is anchored by a titanium frame that attaches to the cockpit of the race auto in three locations and may be able to be used with tear-offs - that is, layered sheets of plastic that endurance racing cars use that can be peeled off during a race rather than requiring to be cleaned.

Three years ago, as Formula One sought to develop a head protection device in the wake of Jules Bianchi's fatal 2014 crash, Red Bull Advanced Technologies came up with a solution.

RBAT says the enhanced driver safety technology is created to reduce the risk of injury from flying debris or other objects striking the cockpit area. Driver Justin Wilson died in 2015 during a race at Pocono Raceway when a piece of debris struck his helmet.

The Red Bull design is a polycarbonate laminated screen with anti-reflective coating on the interior and an anti-fogging device through a heating element.

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"INDYCAR has always been on the forefront of driver safety", five-time and defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing said.

IndyCar races on street and road courses and ovals, like the 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Sunday's Indianapolis 500, where cars sometimes race wheel-to-wheel at speeds reaching close to 230 miles per hour. Strengthwise, it's equal to that of F1's Halo as it's expected to bear 150 kilonewtons of load.

IndyCar said it took aesthetics into consideration and believes it has hit on an eye-pleasing design that will be the new industry standard for driver protection. "They are constantly looking and evaluating what needs to be done". A kilonewton is equal to approximately 225 pounds, which is a force of gravity rating, not static weight or mass. Force is equal to mass multiplied by acceleration.

This is the latest phase of a multitiered effort in which IndyCar is working to enhance driver cockpit safety. The drivers who tested the windscreen did not report any issues, but additional comprehensive testing at PPG's facility in Huntsville, Alabama, revealed additional work was needed before any implementation.

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