The president of competition and operations at IndyCar, Jay Frye, has confirmed that the new universal aerokit for 2018 has been designed in a way that will add extra protection for both the drivers' helmets and the cockpit. This has been announced after the tragic death of Justin Wilson at Pocono in 2015.

Testing is expected to begin this Fall, during the offseason. Although testing will be starting, it doesn't mean that the vehicles will be receiving the new changes right away. They have yet to decide on all of the changes they're going to make, as well as where and when to do the testing. They do, however, want this to be finished up as soon as possible for the sake of the drivers.

We shouldn't expect to see these new cars in use until after 2018 though. It is believed that one more season will be completed before the new changes are implemented. I understand that this is a long process, but in a sport this dangerous, you need to make sure that safety is a priority.