IndyCar will require an Advanced Frontal Protection (AFP) deflector in an open test on April 24 and beginning with the Indy 500 in May, it will be mandatory for the remainder of the season.
The AFP is a little more than three inches tall and will be installed in front of the cockpit along the chassis centerline. It was chosen over a halo-type device because it better fits the current design of the car.
The AFP is designed to deflect debris away from the driver. Versions of the piece have been tested both on track and in simulators since 2012.
The piece has passed the same strength tests as Dallara’s roll hoop.
IndyCar teams received information about the safety requirement on Tuesday.
“Safety is a never-ending pursuit, and this is IndyCar’s latest step in the evolution,” IndyCar President Jay Frye said at IndyCar.com.
Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.
The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.
Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.
One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.
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