The Verizon IndyCar Series will not follow the lead of Formula One by introducing cockpit safety devices in 2017 according to President of Competition Jay Frye. The debate about driver safety in the cockpit was reignited at the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend when Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden and Dale Coyne Racing’s Conor Daly were involved in a huge crash.
The incident saw Newgarden break his right shoulder and right wrist while Conor Daly was uninjured.
Formula One will introduce a halo design that will go around the cockpit from next season onwards however Frye has reiterated that he believes more research needs to be done before deciding on the best course of action to take in the future.
The series have spent more than a year looking into ways of improving the drivers safety and Frye has said that more time in needed before they are ready to introduce something.