Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward, driver of the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet says that he believes that use of the aeroscreen this weekend at Detroit will mean that the car will ‘plow more’ meaning (more understeer) than it used to as the NTT IndyCar Series heads to Belle Isle for the Detroit doubleheader using the aeroscreen for the first time at the track.
It’s probably going to plow more than what it used to, plowing meaning just a bunch of understeer. Historically the track just keeps getting bumpier and bumpier and bumpier every year, so I feel like this year will be more of a change than what we have felt from year to year in the past because there’s been two winters on it already from the last time we were there.
I think it’ll be interesting. Not quite sure what to expect based on aeroscreen stuff. Like I said, I just think it’ll probably tend to go a little bit more to understeer. It’ll definitely work the front axle a lot harder. Yeah, I just think that’s something we have to work around with the team and try to really maximize.
In contrast to O’Ward, his teammate, Felix Rosenqvist doesn’t believe that there will be much of a difference in how the car performs on the Belle Isle course with the addition of the aeroscreen. Speaking to Paddock Eye during the same call, the Swede said:
I think tracks like this have been less affected by the aeroscreen. When we came to St. Pete for the first time, it seemed like we were going pretty quick still. It seems like the faster the track and the higher speed corners are really affected worse by aeroscreen than like the long corners, and on a street track you generally just have 90-degree corners and you don’t really load up the car very long anywhere. I don’t think it’s going to be a massive difference to be honest. I think it’s going to be pretty good.