Red Bull Cheever Racing Welcomes Iain Watt - Engineer for the No. 52 Car It is very rare that Iain Watt is not moving. He grew up racing cars in the Formula Ford series and spent his free time running or cycling. When his days as a driver...
Red Bull Cheever Racing Welcomes Iain Watt - Engineer for the No. 52 Car
It is very rare that Iain Watt is not moving. He grew up racing cars in the Formula Ford series and spent his free time running or cycling.
When his days as a driver ended due to a lack of funding, he knew that he had to stay in the racing community. Becoming an engineer seemed like a good fit. Watt attended Napier College of Commerce & Technology in Edinburgh, Scotland to study Design Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation he studied at the Cranfield Institute of Technology in Bedford, England where he received a Masters of Science in Aerodynamics.
After completing his formal education Watt made the move across the Atlantic to work as a technical director for Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI) in California. He spent four years with PPI, before working with Team Green Inc. and later with Mo Nunn Racing. Throughout his engineering career he was worked with drivers Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, Felipe Giaffone, and current Red Bull Cheever Racing driver Alex Barron.
Last year Watt guided Barron in his "spin and win" first place finish at Michigan International Speedway in the Michigan Indy 400.
"It was definitely a thrill to not only work with Alex but also to win at Michigan. I've always enjoyed racing there because it is such a big track," Watt said.
Watt joined Red Bull Cheever Racing after the 88th Indianapolis 500 and completed his first race with the team at Texas Motor Speedway in the Bombardier 500K, where he engineered Ed Carpenter and the No. 52 car to a 7th place qualifying position.
"I have really enjoyed working with the team thus far," Watt said. "It is such a different atmosphere here and everyone works so hard. The potential for success with this team is so high. I really feel like we can take this team to the next level."
When his days at the track are done Watt would one day like to own a restaurant or pub on a beach with his wife Jana, and new baby Ella.
"I've always wanted to own a pub just for the experience and the opportunity to meet so many people," the Scotland native said.
Until the day when he gets to settle down, Iain Watt will continue to be on the move as he engineers Ed Carpenter's No. 52 car to its first win.