Veteran racing engineer Bill Pappas, with over 30 years of experience in the motorsports world, has been named INDYCAR’s new Vice President of Competition & Race Engineering as the replacement to the outgoing Will Phillips.
“We are very pleased to have someone with Bill’s vision and experience join our team at INDYCAR,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations.
“His deep engineering expertise and long history of accomplishments in Indy car racing have earned him the respect of team owners and drivers alike. We look forward to the immediate impact and advancements Bill will bring in strengthening our safety initiatives while also enhancing our racing.”
Having earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in Indiana, Pappas has worked with some of the most respected teams in the current Verizon IndyCar Series paddock including Chip Ganassi Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Dale Coyne Racing and, most recently, KV Racing Technology, and even helped guide Juan Pablo Montoya to his first Indianapolis 500 win in his first attempt at the race in 2000 with Ganassi.
“Being able to join the INDYCAR team is a great opportunity,” said Pappas. “I hope my racing experience and perspective can be utilized to enhance an already great level of competition.”
Will Phillips will be leaving his position as INDYCAR Vice President of Technology in March.
“Will has contributed a great deal to the series during his tenure,” Frye said. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season will kick off on the streets of St. Petersburg on March 13.