Following a string of high profile serious accidents and the tragic death of Briton's Justin Wilson at Pocono, IndyCar has announced several safety changes for 2016, including tethers for aero components, rear wing flaps and two ECU alterations. Firstly, Zylon tethers have been added to key aerodynamic components. While the rear beam wing and rear wheel guards will be tethered for all events on both oval and road course circuits the car's nose will additionally be tethered on Super-Speedways with the front wing having tethers attached for Pocono Raceway Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. "It is a continual goal to improve safety for all the participants, fans and drivers alike," said Will Phillips, IndyCar VP 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. We have great support from our partners to improve safety and wish to thank Chevrolet, Honda and Dallara for their participation and efforts in working together to implement change." Aimed at minimising the chances of a car becoming airborne when spinning and running backwards the series has introduced a domed skid plate on the underside of the chassis that plans to work in conjunction with rear wing flaps. Additional ECU updates have been included that prevent cars from moving when on pit road with a fuel hose attached by returning the engine to idle and engaging the clutch if the car is not in neutral when the fuel house is plugged in. These are all positive improvements to the premier open wheel series in America. With solid on track action last season and some impressive driving talent plying their trade across the seasons 16 events, the Verizon IndyCar Series seems to be on solid ground going forwards.