WALLER, Texas — Will Phillips has joined A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply Racing team as the team’s technical director.
Phillips replaces Don Halliday, who retired at the end of 2016.
Phillips will also be the race engineer of the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet piloted by Carlos Munoz. Daniele Cucchiaroni returns as the race engineer of the team’s other entry, the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet with driver Conor Daly.
Hiring Phillips is the final piece to the puzzle which has been put in place as the team overhauls its operation in the off season. In addition to new drivers, the switch to Chevrolet power and aero kits, the A.J. Foyt Racing has hired new personnel for the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet team which will be based in Speedway, Ind., for most of the race season.
Phillips, whose entry into motorsports began as a design engineer for March Engineering in 1986, brings a wide range of experience which ranges from F3000 to Formula One. His most recent IndyCar stint was his role as the vice president of technology in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He has worked as a technical director/chief engineer, race engineer or design engineer at various teams. Past stints include de Ferran Motorsports, Highcroft Racing, Rocketsports and Reynard Motorsport.
“It is a privilege to join one of the most iconic teams in the IndyCar Series,” Phillips said. “I have missed the competition and as such am looking forward to being back on the frontline. The depth of talent in the team is impressive and I look forward to working with them and helping create a cohesive engineering group to support Carlos and Conor.”
“I’ve enjoyed getting to know Will Phillips,” Foyt said. “In our initial meetings, I liked his approach and demeanor, and felt it would be a great fit and benefit to our current young driver and engineer lineup. Operating two different race shops poses its challenges for sure, but I like the experienced personnel we have been able to hire to take on the challenge.”