Indycar announced that the Advanced Frontal Protection device, which made its first appearance on cars during Wednesday’s test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will now be on the cars for the Indycar Grand Prix May 11. The device was to debut for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 May 26.
Indycar President Jay Frye said Indycar is satisfied the unit is ready for use. The device will be on all cars for the remainder of the season.
“Thanks to a phenomenal effort by Dallara and all of the Indycar teams,we are ahead of schedule in making this happen,” Frye said.
The titanium piece weighs 2.8 pounds and the mounting piece is an additional 2.1 pounds. Driver reaction to the device was mixed after Wednesday’s test session. The main concerns were a change in airflow which resulted in helmet buffeting and obscured vision.
This “Phase 1 of our solution,” according to Frye. The next phase will be announced next month.
I think this move makes sense. It seemed strange to me that they would run with it during the test, remove it for one race, then re-install the device for the 500. It is one of those things we hope never has to be tested in a race.
Look for a post this weekend about an addition to the start/finish line and a report on Driving for Dyslexia. For $20 you can come to Sarah Fisher’s place tonight and watch me make a fool of myself. Or you can just read my blog for free.