Scott Dixon completed thirty laps during the morning session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Wednesday’s test, and believes the introduction of the domed skid plates to the Dallara IR-12 chassis is a big improvement on safety standards in IndyCar racing on superspeedways.
Verizon IndyCar Series officials have mandated the introduction of the skid plates to try and reduce the chances of cars becoming airborne during crashes, with a number of drivers including oval specialists Helio Castroneves and Ed Carpenter having wild rides during the month of May in 2015 having lost control of their cars.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s four-time series champion Dixon has welcomed the skid plates due to the safety aspect, and despite making the cars harder to drive, it is a step in the right direction, and feels drivers may have to compromise by adding extra downforce to their cars.
“On the safety standpoint of the domed skid, it’s a big improvement, especially in the 90-degree yaw,” said Dixon. “We’ve got to look at safety before anything.
“Yes, it’s going to make the car maybe a little more difficult (to drive), but every car has a pedal and we have more downforce to put on to compensate for the loss.”