IndyCar’s 2020 Aeroscreen to make on-track debut next month

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IndyCar plans to conduct its first on-track test with its Red Bull Advanced Technologies-developed aeroscreen cockpit protection device at Indianapolis next month.

A full-day test session has been scheduled for October 2 on the oval, and driving duties will be shared between Ganassi’s five-time Indycar champion Scott Dixon and Penske driver Will Power.

Dixon originally tested a version of the aeroscreen last year, and became the first driver to trial the Red Bull prototype design during a simulator test at Dallara’s Speedway base in Indianapolis in July.

He said after that experience that the screen, which also incorporates a halo-like structure, is unlikely to have an impact on drivers’ vision.

IndyCar is continuing to develop the aeroscreen alongside Red Bull’s technology arm, ahead of its planned implementation for the 2020 season.

Red Bull Formula 1 team principal Christian Horner, who is also the CEO of the Advanced Technologies branch, said the successful use of the device in IndyCar could revive the chances of the aeroscreen being used in F1, after it was rejected in favour of the halo.

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