Five time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing and 2019 series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Team Penske Chevrolet were once again in action testing the aeroscreen which will be introduced by the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020.
On Tuesday the pair tested at Richmond Raceway which has been aided to the schedule for next season and speaking following the test Scott Dixon said:
“A little different look with the Aeroscreen. “It seems like everything is going well with all the testing (INDYCAR has) done. For sure (here), the car’s fine.” “That was an improvement,” Dixon said, “especially around the legs and body.”
Josef Newgarden said:
When I first went out my perception of how much grip the car and how much control I had was slightly different, but I think that’s because it felt foreign. “You’re not used to having a screen over your head, but after 20 or 30 laps after you got used to it the car feels very similar in terms of how I drive the car or how the car feels compared to a place like Iowa or Gateway — it feels very similar.
“From a tuning standpoint, it didn’t take that much to get it back into the correct window as far as the balance – the balance is very good even with the screen on. From that point, I don’t think the cars are going to change that much going into next year.”
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden was happy with how the test went saying:
Perception-wise, it was a little different when I first got in (the car) but it took maybe 30 or 40 laps and after that you’re pretty used to it. “It’s pretty normal at this point.”
IndyCar Series President Jay Frye said:
We’ve learned something every time we’ve tested.”It’s about checking the boxes and once the teams get a hold of it they’ll make it even better. They’ll take it to a whole other level.”