Team Owner
  • Wayne Taylor
    Team Owner

    Three-time sports-car-racing champion Wayne Taylor started Wayne Taylor Racing in 2007, along with his teammate Max Angelelli. As a driver, Taylor has won some of the most prestigious events in all of motorsports around the world – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 At Daytona (twice), the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the inaugural Petit Le Mans in 1998. To cap it all off, Taylor teamed with Max “The Ax” Angelelli to win the 2005 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series championship in a season that began with his second career Rolex 24 win and ended with five wins and 10 podium finishes in 14 races, and the completion of all 2,056 race laps contested that year. Since its beginnings in 2007, Taylor’s entries have finished in the top-three in the Rolex Series and subsequent IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings every year but one, highlighted by the 2013 Prototype-class championship co-driven by Angelelli and younger son Jordan Taylor, and the 2017 title co-driven to by brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor. In 2017, Wayne Taylor’s career with manufacturer Cadillac went full circle with the introduction of the all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. From 2000 through 2002, Taylor campaigned and co-drove the historic Cadillac NorthStar LMP900 prototype in the IMSA America Le Mans Series. Taylor has been inducted into both the South Africa Hall of Fame as well as the Sebring International Raceway Hall of Fame.

  • Max Angelelli
    Team Owner

    As a driver, veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli was known for his flamboyant ability to cut through race traffic as one of the winningest drivers in North American sports car racing history with 27 career victories. Since joining forces with three-time champion Wayne Taylor in 1999, he has also been a flamboyant partner both on and off the racetrack with Taylor. They co-drove to a runner-up finish in the 1999 Rolex 24 At Daytona in the Doyle-Risi Racing Ferrari. Angelelli and Taylor then collaborated in the historic Cadillac NorthStar LMP900 prototype in IMSA American Le Mans Series competition from 2000 through 2002. From 2004 through 2006, Angelelli and Taylor were perennial championship contenders in the Grand-Am Rolex SportsCar Series, winning the title in 2005 in runaway fashion. And in 2007, Angelelli was a partner with Taylor in forming Wayne Taylor Racing, going on to co-drive to 17 victories in seven full-time seasons from 2007 through 2013, culminating with the 2013 Rolex Series championship alongside Taylor’s younger son Jordan Taylor. He took a part-time driving role while increasing his team management responsibilities in 2014, co-driving with the Taylor brothers to victory alongside brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor in the 2014 season-ending Petit Le Mans. In 2017, Angelelli saw the fruition of a two-year project he was deeply involved in, working with Cadillac, Dallara and Earnhardt Childress Racing engines to orchestrate the historic introduction of the Cadillac DPi-V.R.

     

  • Management
  • Travis Houge
    Management

    Title: General Manager
    Date of Birth: 6/22
    Place of Birth: Fairmont, MN
    Hometown: Dolliver, Iowa
    Current Residence: Brownsburg, IN

     

    In 2014, having joined WTR in the Fall of 2006 as Crew Chief, Travis Houge became Team Manager and now, as General Manager, currently oversees all operations of the Wayne Taylor Racing operation including the successful IMSA WeatherTech prototype program as well as the championship winning Super Trofeo driver development program run on behalf of Prestige Performance. Prior to joining WTR, Houge worked with Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Grand-Am program in 2004-2005 as front-end assembly specialist and before that in the NHRA Drag Racing Series for Don Prudhomme Racing as a Pit Crew Mechanic, which included building and maintaining top fuel engines.

  • Brian Pillar
    Management

    Shop Duties: Technical Director
    Pit Stop Duties: Race Strategy
    Date of Birth: 11/27
    Place of Birth: Barrie, Ontario, Canada
    Hometown: Alliston, Ontario, Canada
    Current Residence: Westfield, IN 

     

    Brian Pillar joined Wayne Taylor Racing December 2007 and has been WTR’s Technical Director overseeing the prototype program since 2011. Engineer for RealTime Racing in the SCCA Speed World Challenge series from 2004 to 2007, with drivers Peter Cunningham and Pierre Kleinubing. Won the driver and manufacturers championships in 2005 and 2006. Engineer and Crew Chief for Tecmark Autosport in the SCCA World Challenge series in 2003, with driver Nic Jonsson. Worked with Hyundai Motorsports in the Grand-Am Series in 2002. Began racing career at the Basi Motorsport School near Montreal, QB in 2001. Designed Formula SAE race cars while completing a Mechanical Engineering degree at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

  • Krista Elliott Riley
    Management

    Title: Partnership Management
    Date of Birth: 3/25
    Place of Birth: Trenton, NJ
    Hometown: Doylestown, PA
    Current Residence: Zionsville, IN

     

    Involved in motorsports marketing, sponsorship, event management and promotion for over 20 years, Krista originally came on board to work side-by-side Wayne Taylor when he was still comfortably seated in the cockpit. Krista now assists the Wayne Taylor Racing family of drivers, Corporate and Technical  Partners, in both the IWSC and Lamborghini ST programs, with their track activation, corporate PR and promotional, merchandising, B2B development and other Client Services needs.

     

     

  • Engineering
  • Adam Banet
    Engineering

    Shop Duties: Assistant Engineer (DPi)
    Pit Stop Duties: Strategy
    Date of Birth: 7/15
    Place of Birth: New Albany, Ind.
    Hometown: Floyd Knobs, Ind.
    Current Residence: Carmel

    Adam joined Wayne Taylor Racing in January 2008 and has been an integral part of the team’s engineering success for over 10 years. Was radio technician and support engineer at Target Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar Series team during the 2007 season. Attended the Jim Russell School mechanic training curriculum at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, in 2006. Prior to pursuing a career in racing, Banet was a design engineer with General Electric Appliances in Louisville, Kentucky, from 2002 to 2006. Earned undergrad and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

  • Austin Finley
    Engineering

    Shop Duties: Assistant Engineer (LST | DPi)
    Date of Birth: 12/25
    Place of Birth: Lafayette, IN
    Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
    Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN


    Prior to joining WTR in 2019, Austin worked as a junior engineer for Performance Tech Motorsports on both their LMP3 and LMP2 programs. A graduate from Coastal Carolina University, Austin has a B.S. in Applied Physics with a minor in Applied Mathematics. He was the first Applied Physics graduate of CCU’s degree in Three program which allows students to graduate in 3 years by taking on a more rigorous course load. During his undergraduate studies, Austin volunteered with various teams in IMSA and WEC to gain first-hand experience in motorsports, working as either a pit crew member or junior data engineer.

  • Hali Money
    Engineering

    Shop Duties: Assistant Support Engineer (LST | DPi)
    Date of Birth: 05/25
    Place of Birth: Danville, IN
    Hometown: Brownsburg, IN
    Current Residence: Brownsburg, IN

    Hali Money joined Wayne Taylor Racing in June 2015 to take on the assistant engineer/mchanic role on the Lamborghini Super Trofeo driver development program. Money, a graduate of Indiana University – Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a Bachelor of Science in Motorsports Engineering, worked on the IUPUI Purdue Grand Prix go-kart and SCCA teams through college before going on to become a Technical Inspector for IndyCar in 2012 and then an Engineering Intern at VDS Racing Engines in 2014 and 2015.

  • David Wagener
    Engineering

    Shop Duties: Engineering (LST)
    Pit Stop Duties: Race Strategy
    Date of Birth:  August 3, 1972
    Place of Birth: Gainesville, FL
    Hometown: St Augustine, FL
    Current Residence:  Greenville, SC

     

    David Wagener joined WTR in 2016 as the Lead Race Engineer on the Super Trofeo Program.  He began his Professional Racing Career in Sport Compact Drag Racing winning two HotRod and two Pro Class championships on the GM Factory Team in the early 2000s.  This team was also responsible for the first Front Wheel Drive car over 200 mph.  From 2005-2009 David was the GM Support Engineer in the Grand Am Daytona Prototype series supporting WTR, Howard-Boss and Riley Motorsports.  Between 2010 and 2015 David concentrated on Research & Design efforts in NASCAR and Engineered cars for BimmerWorld in the Continental Tire Series.  Prior to beginning a racing career David worked for Pratt & Whitney as a Design Engineer on the F-22 Program.

     

     

  • Crew / Mechanics
  • Chris Bennett
    Crew / Mechanics

    Shop Duties: Crew Chief (DPi)
    Pit Stop Duties: Front Tire Changer
    Date of Birth: 11/21
    Place of Birth: Indianapolis, IN
    Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
    Current Residence: Avon, IN

    Having originally joined Wayne Taylor Racing in 2010 as a gearbox and sub-assembly mechanic, Chris has been Crew Chief over the Prototype program since 2015. Bennett joined WTR after working the 2010 IndyCar Series season as a mechanic with KV Racing Technologies and driver Mario Morais . He worked as a mechanic with the Dreyer & Reinbold IndyCar Series team in 2009 and with Vision Racing and driver A.J. Foyt IV during the 2007 and 2008 IndyCar Series seasons.  Chris began his professional racing career in January 2006 with Cheever Racing as a mechanic on its IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series teams. Chris races his family owned Dirt Superstock racecars at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana when he isn’t busy building street rods and custom cars.

  • Frank Camacho
    Crew / Mechanics

    Shop Duties: Truck Driver (LST)
    Pit Stop Duties: Fire Bottle or Dead Man
    Date of Birth: 03/09
    Place of Birth: North Hollywood, CA
    Hometown: Long Beach, CA
    Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN

     

    Frank Camacho joined Wayne Taylor Racing May 2018. His motorsports career began in 2000 when he started work with Tony Bettenhausen Racing on their hospitality program. The program had several names including Herdez Competition, Minardi Team USA and finally HVM Racing. Throughout these changes, Camacho moved from Hospitality to Lead Truck driver for the team, also handling the fueling duties for pit stops for such drivers as Mario Dominguez, IndyCar Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, and former F1 drivers Roberto Moreno and Robert Doornbos. In 2011, he moved to Sam Schmidt Motorsports. Frank performed as Lead Truck driver and Fueler for driver Alex Tagliani, James Hinchcliffe and IndyCar Champion Simon Pagenaud. His most memorable moment was winning Pole at the Indy 500 with James Hinchcliffe in 2016. When not at the track, Comacho likes to mountain bike and spend time with his five daughters.

  • Shawn Ford

    Shop Duties: Mechanic (LST)
    Date of Birth: 09/28
    Place of Birth: Helena, MO
    Hometown: Grand Coulee, WA
    Current Residence: Brownsburg, IN

     

    Shawn joined WTR in 2019, after spending four seasons with IndyCar driver Graham Rahal at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Ford began his motorsports career with Alan Johnson Racing in 2000 on Bruce Sarvers Funny Car and went on to win Top Fuel Championships with Larry Dixon in 2002. 

     

  • Chad Hurst

    Shop Duties: Composite Tech/Bodywork (DPi)
    Pit Stop Duties: Fueler/Tire Assist
    Date of Birth: 03/15
    Place of Birth: Indianapolis IN
    Hometown: Speedway, IN
    Current Residence: Westfield, IN

     

    Chad Hurst joined Wayne Taylor Racing in the Fall of 2018. Hurst began his career in 1999 at Riley & Scott in the composite shop. He has been a Composite Tech for Muscle Milk Racing, Dempsey Racing, Nissan Nismo LMP1 (WEC) an Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCar program as well as their endurance races for their Ford GT40 program. Through his work, Hurst was able to be part of the final victory of the Gainsco Insurance Red Dragon with JDC Motorsports. In his spare time, Chad enjoys golf, poker and vacations with his family.

     

  • David Karcanes

    Shop Duties: Mechanic (LST)
    Date of Birth: 11/3
    Place of Birth: Danbury, CT
    Hometown: Phillipsburg, NJ
    Current Residence: Avon, IN

     

    David Karcanes joined WTR in 2019. He has worked for various Nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster teams over the past 24 years.

  • Brett Knostman

    Shop Duties: Crew Chief (LST), Assist (DPi)
    Pit Stop Duties: Crew Chief
    Date of Birth: 10/03
    Place of Birth: Orange, CA
    Hometown: Orange, CA
    Current Residence: Avon, IN

     

    Brett Knostman joined Wayne Taylor Racing as Crew Chief for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Program and to assist on the WTR prototype program in 2018. Brett started his motorsports career in 1997 at PPI Motorsports. Highlights include being part of the Tony Kanaan’s Indy 500 win in 2013, and part of the 2016 GT Class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and most recently, the 2018 Indy 500 Pole Win with Ed Carpenter. In addition to spending time with family, Brett enjoys riding dirt bikes.

     

  • Michael Langston

    Shop Duties: Mechanic (DPi)
    Pit Stop Duties: Pit Board
    Date of Birth: 05/09
    Place of Birth: Pearl, MS
    Current Residence: Avon, IN

     

    Michael Langston joined WTR in 2018. Langston, a certified GM Mechanic having graduated the GM ASEP Program, went on to spend two years at Skip Barber. He spent two years with Fernandez Racing, working with them during their 2009 LMP2 Championship season. Langston worked with FAZZT|Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for 8 years (2011 Indy 500 Pole Winner).

  • Bill Mullen

    Shop Duties: Rear End Mechanic (DPi)
    Pit Stop Duties: Driver Change Assist
    Date of Birth: 12/28
    Place of Birth: Hamilton, OH
    Hometown: Hamilton, OH
    Current Residence: Fairland, IN

    Bill Mullen joined Wayne Taylor Racing when it originally formed in the Fall of 2006 after spending over 20 years as a racing mechanic and crew chief. Prior to joining WTR, Mullen worked at Riley Technologies starting in 1995 and assembled all 30 Daytona Prototype cars through the 2006 season. Mullen worked with SunTrust Racing team as crew support for the team’s endurance races from 2004-2006; served as crew chief for the MKIIIC program from 2002-2003; Cadillac team in 2000;l Reebok Indy Racing League program in 1998; Corvette American Le Mans program in 1999 and with Wayne Taylor and the DANKA World SportsCar team from 1996 to 1997. Bill has also worked with Derrick Walker’s CART team.

  • Chris Seaman

    Shop Duties: Front End Mechanic (DPi)
    Pit Stop Duties: Fuel Man
    Date of Birth: November 26, 1970
    Place of Birth: Reading, PA
    Hometown: Hamburg, PA
    Current Residence: Avon, IN

     

    Chris Seaman joined Wayne Taylor Racing in November 2016 from Andretti Autosport where he had been a mechanic since 2010. Seaman found his love of racing when he began dirt track racing with his uncle in 1988.  He joined Penske Racing in 1995 building engines and in 2000, moved to become a mechanic on Gil De Ferran’s CART car. In 2006, Seaman moved to Andretti Green Racing as a mechanic. In 2008, he rejoined the De Ferran effort and its ALMS program until its closure at the end of 2009.

     

  • Paul Sheehan

    Shop Duties: Transportation Specialist (DPi)
    Pit Stop Duties: Tire Assist
    Date of Birth: 4/25/1968
    Place of Birth: Bird Island MN
    Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN

    Paul Sheehan joined Wayne Taylor Racing, his first full time position in SportsCar Racing, in November 2014 after 20 years working for various Indycar teams such as Dick Simon, Walker Racing, Kelley Racing, Fernandez Racing, Panther Racing, and Team Rahal. In his free time he enjoys family time with wife Jennifer and daughter Ella as well as Minnesota Vikings football and Minnesota Twins baseball.

     

     

     

  • Chris Sheffer

    Shop Duties: Mechanic (LST)
    Pit Stop Duties: Outside Gun, Inside Tire Feeder, Fire Bottle
    Date of Birth: 2/10
    Place of Birth: Carmichael, CA
    Hometown: Sacramento, CA
    Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN

     

    Chris Sheffer joined WTR in 2018. Sheffer began his motorsports career in 1992 working in Indy Lights with John Martin Racing. He moved over the yeas to work with greats like Call Wells Arciero, PPI Motorsports, Dan Gurney with AAR, Tony Bettenhausen, Bruce Macaw with PacWest, Tony George with Vision Racing, Greg Pickett with Muscle Milk Racing, Scott Sharp with ESM Patron Racing and TruSpeed Autosports. On his days off, he enjoys hanging out with family and traveling with his wife.

  • Keith Stein

    Shop Duties: Transport Driver (LST)
    Date of Birth: 9/9/69
    Place of Birth: Highland, IN
    Hometown: Highland,IN
    Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN

    Keith Stein attended Indiana State University where he studied business management. He then started his career in Chicago where he worked in group benefits insurance for 13 years. During this time, Stein also attended Loyola University of Chicago and obtained his MBA. After 13 years behind a desk, Keith made a dramatic career change, went back to school to study motorsports management, and sooon after began working with Bill Davis Racing in the NASCAR series. He later moved on to Don Schumacher Racing where he worked in the front office performing various duties such as sponsor relations, fleet management and DOT compliance. Stein was in IndyCar, working with Dale Coyne Racing before coming to Wayne Taylor Racing in 2016. His hobbies include home remodeling and riding motorcycles.

  • Evan Thompson

    Shop Duties: Mechanic (LST)
    Date of Birth: 03/1990
    Place of Birth: Durham, NC
    Hometown: Brownsburg, IN
    Current Residence: Brownsburg, IN

    Evan Thompson joined Wayne Taylor Racing's Lamborgini Super Trofeo Program in August 2018. Thompson began his career in racing five years ago with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Over the years, he has handled the subassembly work for KV Racing Technology and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports as well as been the front end mechanic for the IndyCar program at Chip Ganassi Racing. 

  • Nick Voils

    Shop Duties: Parts Coordinator (DPi | LST)
    Pit Stop Duties: Fueler | Tire Assist | Pit Board
    Date of Birth: 2/2
    Place of Birth: Indianapolis, IN
    Hometown: Brownsburg, IN
    Current Residence: Westfield, IN

     

    Nick Voils joined Wayne Taylor Racing in December 2013, first as a fueler, and then quickly moved to a full time position in charge of the team's pit and other track equipment. Voils is currently in charge of parts ordering and coordinating. Prior to his career in racing, Nick spent 2001 to 2013 specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodels, custom cabinetry, and custom furniture with clients that included Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil, and former Indianapolis Colts tight end Ken Dilger. In addition, to his wife, Ashley and their daughter, Tyler, Nick is a lover of cats and 1950s era music.