Red Bull Advanced Technologies were delighted with how the first full field NTT IndyCar Series test went with the new aeroscreen fitted to all of the cars.
The drivers were extremely positive with their feedback on the aeroscreen and speaking following the test Red Bull Advanced Technologies Andy Damerum stated:
The first on-track test with all 25 cars here at COTA has been very positive. “The Aeroscreen is working well and the driver feedback around visibility in a variety of weather conditions has been excellent so far. We are always learning and evaluating, so hearing comments from all drivers in the series is an important part of the development process. The key objective from the outset of this project was to increase driver safety without reducing visibility or significantly changing the driver experience. I feel proud that Red Bull Advanced Technologies and IndyCar have achieved this objective together and we look forward to seeing the Aeroscreen in action at the first race of the season in St. Petersburg.
Speaking following the test, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Honda said:
Overall I think it is very positive. I felt really safe and protected and the visibility is better than I expected. “The experience was very interesting and quite cool actually but very different from anything I have driven before. It was a lot quieter with no air moving inside the cockpit!”
Sato’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team mate Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda said:
So far, so good. The Aeroscreen has been no issue. “Visibility is great. I followed someone through a puddle and actually a ton of water came up on the Aeroscreen and it dissipated immediately. Better than what we would have experienced before this.”
AJ Foyt Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.4 Chevrolet stated:
“Even with the puddles and the dirt and all the other stuff that’s been on the Aeroscreen today, I haven’t felt like I lost any significant vision.