IndyCar Is Working With the FIA on Head Protection

Plus Mercedes leaving Detroit and Daytona 500 qualifying.

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Indy and the FIA

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While Formula One and IndyCars look similar, they are vastly different. And the approaches to head protection are also totally different. Formula One is going with the halo, while IndyCar rolled out an aero screen for testing at Phoenix this past weekend.

Now we know that the FIA and IndyCar and communicating about head protection, perhaps meaning there's a chance the aero screen could be used on F1 in the future. F1 briefly tested a screen like this last year, but scrapped it almost immediately in favor of the halo. We'll have to wait and see if the aero screen is adopted by IndyCar, and if it meets the threshold to also be adopted in Formula One.

Mercedes Gone?

For as long as I can remember, Mercedes has had a gigantic presence at the Detroit Auto Show. But next year could be very different.

Mercedes the Detroit show in 2019, a big loss for a show which has already lost brands like Mazda, Porsche, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo. Brands have started moving away from auto shows in order to participate in tech shows or throw events on their own.

Daytona Qualifying

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s replacement at Hendrick, for the Daytona 500, edging out Denny Hamlin for the top spot.

Daytona qualifying doesn't set the full starting order, with the qualifying races on Thursday night setting the final order, but Byron and Hamlin have locked in the front row.

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