IndyCar’s aeroscreen gets mixed reviews in first rain test

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar officials will spend the next few days gathering information and gathering advice on improving aero screen visibility for races in the rain.

Many drivers in the series complained on Saturday that they struggled to see other cars late in the IndyCar Grand Prix – even though each had flashing red lights. It was the most intense rainfall the series has seen since 2018 at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, two years before the installation of the shields designed to protect the drivers’ heads from debris.

IndyCar President Jay Frye acknowledged on Sunday that previous tests indicated water retention on the screens would be more severe when operating at slower speeds. But that testing didn’t happen with 27 cars on the track like it did at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this weekend.

“When you upgraded it, the water would fly away, it would disappear. Now, with a group of cars, there are different things at play,” Frye told The Associated Press. “We need to know where we are, who had the biggest problem, and come up with best practices.”

A possible solution: make better use of the tears that cover the transparent screens.

Race winner Colton Herta said he also had visibility issues – until his team pulled out a used detachable screen. Frye said he spoke with an unidentified driver whose team never removed him.

Whether that could have made a difference on Saturday remains unclear.

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