Experiment, gamble, natural progression, waste of money: IndyCar's manufacturer-designed aero kits have been viewed through a lot of different lenses since the idea was first mooted in 2012.
Scroll back through AUTOSPORT's web and magazine archive from the past three years, and you'll find all of these views well-documented. The manufacturers eager for another opportunity to flex their muscle. The series looking to recapture headline-grabbing speeds of an earlier era. Team owners who think that it's a pointless waste of money, and team owners who support anything that makes IndyCar a conversation point. Drivers who don't care what the car looks like as long as it's fast and safe.
But up until now, nobody has asked Dave from Kansas City what he thinks. Dave is a typical IndyCar fan. He owns a locally successful contracting business, enjoys BBQ and fantasy baseball, watches a lot of the races on TV (cheering for Marco Andretti, because he always cheers for an Andretti), and every couple of years he piles his kids into the pick-up and makes the eight-hour trip to Indianapolis to watch the 500 from Turn 4, just like he used to do with his Dad.