The Verizon IndyCar Series announced on Monday that veteran racing engineer Bill Pappas has been named Vice President of Competition, Race Engineering.

IndyCar President of Competition and Operations Jay Frye commented on Pappas’ appointment by saying:

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’ new role will see him take charge of all engineering and technical operations including chassis and engine development, safety enhancements and aerodynamic initiatives.

Pappas who replaces Will Philips commented on his new position by saying:

Being able to join the INDYCAR team is a great opportunity, I hope my racing experience and perspective can be utilized to enhance an already great level of competition.

Jay Frye concluded by commenting:

Will has contributed a great deal to the series during his tenure, “We wish him well in his future endeavors.

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