The Verizon IndyCar Series drivers are now required to undergo clinical eye tracking as part of the series concussion protocol.
The new device has been certified by the Food and Drug Administration. Speaking about the new device which resembles a virtual reality headset, IndyCar safety consultant, Dr Terry Trammell commented saying:
“INDYCAR’s medical staff has used a number of tools to help improve its evaluation of concussions. “It is a challenge to balance both the safety of the drivers and the need for them to be on the track to compete. I-PAS has proven to be an important part of the decision-making process as to if and when a driver with the possibility of having had a concussion may return to competition.
I-PAS was introduced to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016 following Will Power’s accident ahead of the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
J Howison Schroeder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Neuro Kinetics, the company behind I-PAS commented by saying:
“INDYCAR has taken a unique leadership role with regard to head health and in the safety of its drivers, their teams and their fans. “The collaboration with INDYCAR – and motorsports in general – has been without peer.”