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IndyCar windshield saves driver Callum Ilott as he is hit by debris

Callum Ilott has a lot to be grateful for.

Indycar driver posted praise on Twitter after a video of the Aeroscreen emerged of his car diverting debris from his head at Texas Motor Speedway in March.

Indycar developed the safety device after driver Justin Wilson was killed by being struck in the head by a piece of debris that had broken off from a car that crashed and shattered in front of him.

The Aeroscreen features an aerospace-grade polyester shield wrapped around a titanium frame that has a post centered in front of the driver’s face and a hoop around the top. An additional metal separator is mounted on the outside of the screen.

In the video, co-worker Jack Harvey can be seen crashing past Illot during practice at Texas Motor Speedway in March as they both go over 200mph. Illott then weaves his way through several large sections of Harvey’s car before a push rod jumps out and hits the screen, staring him down without causing damage.

“We don’t often share this type of stuff – but this incredibly high-tech game-changer has done its job again – thanks again for the incredible efforts of everyone involved in making it happen,” said the IndyCar chairman. , Jay Frye. tweeted with the video.

This isn’t the first time the Aeroscreen has saved the day. During the 2021 season opener at Alabama, Ryan Hunter-Reay’s car was struck by a wheel and tire assembly that would have hit his head in older open-cockpit style cars.

Formula 1 also uses a Halo device that looks like the frame of the Aeroscreen without the screen attached, which protected Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from being crushed when Max Verstappen’s Red Bull landed on it during the Grand Prix of Italy last season.

New York Post

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