Some Thoughts- Aeroscreen Testing and Short Track Bonuses

Some thoughts on a couple of items.

Three tests have been set for the the new Red Bull Technologies Aeroscreen.  The first one is at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway October 2. Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and Will Power of Team Penske will participate.

The next test is October 7 at Barber with Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport.

The October 9 test will be at Richmond, a track that returns to the schedule next year. Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden will drive.

The tests are loaded with veterans from the top three teams.  I assume it is a matter of resources. i don’t like that all three Penske drivers get to test. Why not spread the testing around.  Why not have a car from Rahal Letterman Lanigan? Why not have a younger driver to give perhaps a fresher outlook than the veterans might have?

I still have several concerns about the aeroscreen. I hope at the IMS test when I get more information I can have some of those concerns eased. My concerns involve tires, weight distribution, visibility in rain and during races when dirt and rubber build up on the screen,  and extraction of a driver after an accident. I assume the device will attach to to the front of the car in the same spot the AFP sits.

I’m still not a fan of the aesthetics of the aeroscreen. It may look better on the 2022 chassis since it will be an integrated part rather than the retrofit attachment we’ll see for the next two seasons.

Short Track Bonus?

Per Adam Stern, Indycar is working on a monetary bonus for a driver who wins multiple short track races next year. There would be  a bonus for winning two of the three races (Gateway, Iowa, Richmond) and a larger bonus for sweeping all three events. I like this idea. While it smacks of the Triple Crown that was attempted a few years ago for the three 500 mile races, a driver doesn’t have to sweep to get a reward.  Anything that gets drivers a bigger paycheck is a good idea.

Maybe this concept could be extended to the natural road courses and street courses as well. Prize money is a better idea than the road and oval championships that the series tried.  I’m glad bonus points aren’t involved. the points system as it stands has too many points to too many places as it is. For more about the points system, check George Phillips’ excellent piece from yesterday, at

I will be back tomorrow and Thursday as we prepare for the season finale. The Pit Window will have on site coverage from Weather Tech Raceway all weekend as well.