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IndyCar adds additional tethers to improve safety in 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Three months after Justin Wilson's death at Pocono Raceway, IndyCar is taking steps to reduce crash debris and improve safety.

The open-wheel series announced Tuesday that it will tether its aerodynamic components beginning next season. The high-tensile tethers are expected to minimize the possibility of debris flying around during accidents and hitting fans as well as drivers in their open cockpits.

"It is a continual goal to improve safety for all the participants, fans and drivers alike," said Will Phillips, IndyCar's vice president of technology. "We also need to do this in a fashion that does not create more yellow-flag racing and try to prevent as much debris as possible."


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