IndyCar to use Red Bull's aeroscreen for cockpit protection

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar will use an "Aeroscreen" developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies for cockpit protection beginning next season.

The safety piece will virtually cover the open-air cockpit with a clear screen anchored by and on a titanium framework. Its purpose is to protect drivers from flying debris. Justin Wilson died in 2015 when a piece of debris struck his helmet during a race at Pocono.

"IndyCar has always been on the forefront of driver safety," said Scott Dixon, the five-time and reigning IndyCar Series champion. "They are constantly looking and evaluating what needs to be done. It's something they have done throughout history if you look back through the different eras since auto racing started over 100 years ago."

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