IPS: Butch Meyer named technical director

Meyer joins Infiniti Pro Series as Technical Director INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 4, 2003 -- Veteran IRL IndyCar Series engine builder and team manager Butch Meyer has joined the Indy Racing League as technical director for the IRL Infiniti...

Meyer joins Infiniti Pro Series as Technical Director

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 4, 2003 -- Veteran IRL IndyCar Series engine builder and team manager Butch Meyer has joined the Indy Racing League as technical director for the IRL Infiniti Pro Series, league officials announced June 4.

Meyer will work closely with Brian Barnhart, senior vice president of racing operations for the Indy Racing League, and Roger Bailey, executive director for the IRL Infiniti Pro Series.

"We're delighted to have Butch join us," Bailey said. "He brings a wealth of experience not only in the engine world, but in team management. He will be a great asset to the Infiniti Pro Series as we continue to expand."

Meyer, who is the grandson of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Louis Meyer and the son of legendary engine builder Louis "Sonny" Meyer Jr., began his career in Indy-style racing in 1965 working for his father at Louis Meyer, Inc. He worked on the double-overhead cam Ford engine that was one of the most successful engines in the late 60s and early 70s and powered Mario Andretti to victory in the 1969 Indianapolis 500.

In 1970, when Pat Patrick bought Louis Meyer Inc., Meyer moved to Patrick Racing and helped build engines for Patrick until 1986. During his tenure at Patrick, the team won the Indianapolis 500 in 1973 and 1982, and the USAC National Championship in 1976, all with driver Gordon Johncock.

Meyer worked for Granatelli Racing from 1987-91 before building engines for USAC midgets from 1991-93.

He most recently worked with Team Menard, starting with the team in 1994 as an engine assembler with his father. Two years later, when the Indy Racing League debuted, the elder Meyer retired, leaving his son to take over the engine department. In 1999, Menard creating a new business called Menard Engine Development, which Meyer headed until March 2003.

"I'm very excited to be a part of the Indy Racing League," Meyer said. "The Infiniti Pro Series, I feel, is the perfect series for drivers to hone their skills before they move up to the IndyCar Series. I'm very happy to be part of the Pro Series."

The Infiniti Pro Series is the official development series for the Indy Racing League. During the 12-race 2003 schedule, drivers will compete on the same tracks in conjunction with IRL IndyCar Series events. Drivers include Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, Freedom 100 winner Ed Carpenter and series points leader Mark Taylor.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Mario Andretti , Roger Bailey , Brian Barnhart , Ed Carpenter , Arie Luyendyk Jr.