After a global push for increased head protection for drivers in the wake of the fatal accidents involving Jules Bianchi, and Justin Wilson, Indycar has finally taken its solution to the track.
The combined work of Indycar and Red Bull Advanced Technologies was tested by Ginassi’s Scott Dixon and Penske’s Will Power, the duo totalling nearly 600miles of running with the new device.
The new design which includes both a Halo-style structure as seen in Formula One, and the Aeroscreen which has been trialled by Dixon in the last year, was displayed for all to see during a day long test at Indianapolis.
The Haloscreen is beginning to divide opinion as to whether it can be utilised on the Dallara built cars without damaging the overall appearance.
Personally, I think that the Haloscreen has a purpose, and it will serve it. Like in F1, a large proportion of fans slated the addition of the halo, and now we are so used to it after a season and a half that it doesn’t dominate conversation.
Indycar obviously want to find a solution, and in the uproar caused by F1’s Halo, I believe they went down a different route to satisfy fans whilst securing overall safety.