On this exact day back in 2015, we unfortunately lost Justin Wilson. The talented Indy Car driver was hit in the helmet by a large piece of debris from Sage Karam’s car when Karam crashed while leading in the closing stage of the race at the Pocono Raceway that day. His nose cone would bounce on the track and tragically hit Wilson in the head, severely injuring the England native which he later lost his life a few days after.
Six years later, the series has proven that they’ve come a long way. In 2020, the new Aeroscreen was introduced to all the cars which this technology has already showed its worth. A few instances just last season proved that without the Aeroscreen, we could have lost more lives.
It’s already happened this year too with Ryan Hunter-Reay’s crash in the season opener at Barber coming to mind or even Colton Herta and Rinus VeeKay’s in Iowa last year. But, Felix Rosenqvist’s onboard camera shot for which Arrow McLaren SP released on Tuesday showed that the Swedish driver escaped serious injury last Saturday night at the World Wide Technology Raceway.
A large piece of debris flew off in front of Rosenqvist and it bounce right into his Aeroscreen behind. Due to this new safety device, Rosenqvist was unharmed and his car unscathed.
It’s just another reason as to why Wilson has an indirect hand in keeping future drivers alive. You unfortunately can’t go back and change time, but what you can do is change the future and INDYCAR was able to adapt and ensure that they keep their drivers as safe as they can.