IPS: Infiniti Pro Series names technical director

Horton named technical director of Infiniti Pro Series INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 16, 2002 -- Jeff Horton has been named technical director of the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series and director of engineering for the Indy Racing League, IRL ...

Horton named technical director of Infiniti Pro Series

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 16, 2002 -- Jeff Horton has been named technical director of the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series and director of engineering for the Indy Racing League, IRL officials announced May 16.

Horton will be responsible for the enforcement of all technical regulations pertaining to the Infiniti Pro Series, ranging from engine electronics to chassis. In his complementary role as director of engineering for the Indy Racing League, Horton will work closely with IRL Technical Director Phil Casey to establish and enforce regulations for electrical components on Indy Racing League cars.

Horton will report to Brian Barnhart, vice president of operations for the Indy Racing League, and work closely with Roger Bailey, executive director of the Infiniti Pro Series.

"Any time you have the opportunity to add someone of Jeff's quality and reputation, who is so well-respected, to the staff, you're excited about it," said Barnhart. "In particular, Jeff has greatly increased our ability to police the electronic aspects of the Indy Racing League specifications."

A graduate of Wayne State University with a degree in electrical engineering, Horton began his career with Buick Motorsports, working on the engine manufacturer's American Racing Series (later Indy Lights), GTP and Indy programs before being promoted to manager of the Chevy Indy program in 1993. After nine years with General Motors, Horton moved to Ilmor Engineering, where he worked on the Mercedes-Benz Indy program.

In 1995, Horton renewed his association with General Motors and was responsible for the wiring layout and fuel calibration for the Oldsmobile Aurora engine program for the Indy Racing League.

Horton returned to the Indy Lights Series in 1996 as manager of engine electronics under series President Roger Bailey. Horton most recently was the vice president of electronic systems for Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc.

"I believe in training-level series," Horton said. "This formula with the Infiniti Pro Series gives us the step we need to train guys properly for the IRL. It's a good car, and it's going to be an exciting series. Roger (Bailey) and I have been friends for the last 16 years, and obviously, hanging around open-wheel racing for all these years, there's a familiar face on almost every team here. It's going to be fun."

The inaugural season of the Infiniti Pro Series will begin July 7 at Kansas Speedway and culminate with the Sept. 14 season finale at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Roger Bailey , Brian Barnhart