— Ben Johnston (@BSJ2008) April 28, 2019
The NTT IndyCar Series have announced that part of their answer to Formula One’s Halo device, the AFP or Advanced Frontal Protection will be implemented earlier than expected.
The new device which was fitted to all NTT IndyCar’s for the open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday will be used in competition for the first time for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 11.
Speaking about AFP, IndyCar President Jay Frye said:
Thanks to a phenomenal effort by Dallara and all of the INDYCAR teams, we are ahead of schedule in making this happen,”
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe who drives the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda is delighted with the progress of the NTT IndyCar Series when it comes to safety implementation.
The Mayor of HinchTown said:
It’s great to see that INDYCAR is always pushing safety. “Obviously, this is just Step 1 in an evolution of head protection. But having been hit by a piece of debris that would’ve been prevented with this device, I’m all for it. It’s also comforting to know that behind the scenes we are still working hard on a more comprehensive solution.
Phase two of IndyCar’s safety solution will be announced in May.
AFP was originally scheduled to be fitted on all cars from the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26.