INDYCAR has selected a Purdue University graduate to serve as vice president of competition and race engineering. Bill Pappas will succeed current Vice President of Technology Will Phillips, who will leave the organization next month.
Pappas will be responsible for all engineering and technical operations for INDYCAR, including chassis and engine development, safety enhancements and aerodynamic initiatives. He will also continue to manage relationships with chassis and engine suppliers.
"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."
Pappas has over 30 years of experience in motorsports, most recently serving as technical director for KV Racing Technology. He has also worked for other major teams, such as Chip Ganassi Racing and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. He was part of the Indy 500-winning team in 2000 with driver Juan Pablo Montoya.
"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."
The Verizon IndyCar Series kicks off its 2016 season March 13 in St. Petersburg, Florida.