Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden will help the Verizon IndyCar Series conduct the second test of the cockpit windscreen it has developed to increase driver protection.
Following the windscreen’s maiden outing in February on the ISM Raceway short oval in Phoenix with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, the device created by IndyCar’s technical department will undergo its first laps at speeds well in excess of 200mph at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“We’re planning to run it with Josef at the end of Monday’s open test on April 30th,” Frye told RACER. “And if, for any reason we can’t, we’ll run it with him and Team Penske the next morning on Tuesday.”
The windscreen that will be affixed to Newgarden’s No. 1 Chevy will be the same as what Dixon used on his No. 9 Honda.
“Nothing has changed since Phoenix,” Frye continued. “We want to try the same piece with a different driver, different engine manufacturer, and at much higher speeds to get a read on it.”
In-depth impact testing is also taking place behind the scenes with IndyCar’s windscreen.
“Some of the crash and impact testing is taking place right now with identical versions of what’s been on track and running again next week,” Frye said. “After IMS, we want to get it on a car on a road course. And once we complete this IMS test and a run on a road course, we’ll do a reverse timeline and have an update for getting it on more cars with the optimal shape of the windscreen completed. So far, so good.”