Veteran race engineer Bill Pappas has been named IndyCar’s new v.p. of competition, race engineering, replacing Will Phillips.
Jay Frye, IndyCar president of competition and operations declared: "We are very pleased to have someone with Bill's vision and experience join our team at IndyCar.
"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 will be responsible for all engineering and technical operations, including chassis and engine development, safety enhancements and aerodynamic initiatives. In addition, he will manage relationships with chassis and engine suppliers.
Pappas last year served as technical director of KV Racing, but his résumé includes terms at Chip Ganassi Racing – where he won the Indy 500 with Juan Pablo Montoya – as well as Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Dale Coyne Racing.
"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."
Fry thanked Phillips for his term of office, stating: “Will has contributed a great deal to the series during his tenure. We wish him well in his future endeavors."