IndyCar requires use of closure panels at superspeedways to prevent cars from going airborne

IndyCar has mandated the use of closure panels to the rear wheel guards for the remaining three superspeedway races after three cars went airborne during preparation for the Indianapolis 500.

The panels will be required for both Chevrolet and Honda and will debut Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway. They also will be used at Auto Club Speedway in California and Pocono Raceway later this season.

IndyCar has tried various different rule changes since Ed Carpenter went airborne on qualifying day for the Indy 500. Helio Castroneves and Josef Newgarden also went airborne in separate incidents.

IndyCar vice president of technology Will Phillips said Tuesday the closure panels will be a blocker that prevents air from flowing through the wheel guards.