Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet became the second driver to try the aero screen cockpit protection device on Monday.
The device which has already been tested by Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda earlier this season had it’s first Indianapolis Motor Speedway outing on Monday evening with it attached to Newgarden’s No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet.
The Tennessee native completed multiple laps with the device with his race strategist Tim Cindric telling him to have fun.
Speaking following the test, Newgarden who goes into the Month of May leading the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings said:
“It was fascinating. “It was totally different for an open-wheel car. You’re not used to having a windscreen that big in front of you, but it was interesting to try it out.
Newgarden went on to say:
The most interesting thing to me was the visor changes (on his helmet). Going from a fully smoke visor to a clear visor was better. It helped with the visibility and the clarity.
“There’s small improvements to be made, especially with the clarity with the visors and the perception to see through it. “It was easy to make it work, I didn’t have any major issues with it, and I think INDYCAR did a nice job.”