Engineering

Logan Sprung

Logan Sprung

Shop Role: Assistant Engineer (DPi)
Pit Stop Role: Fuel Strategy
Place of Birth: Orlando, FL
Hometown: Cary, NC
Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN


Logan Sprung joined Wayne Taylor Racing in the Fall of 2019. Sprung was previously with Juncos Racing as a Data|Assistant Engineer for their Indy Lights, IndyCar and DPi efforts from 2016 - 2019. Sprung graduated from IUPUI with a BS degree in Motorsports Engineering in 2017.

 

Shishir Vyas

Shishir Vyas

Shop & Race Role: Performance Engineer (DPi|LST)
Place of Birth: Baroda, India
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN


Shishir Vyas rejoins Wayne Taylor Racing as Support Engineer. Vyas was with WTR during its 2017 Championship season before leaving to support Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing GTLM race efforts, which included their 2019 Rolex win. He has been a Data Engineer with Carlin Motorsports (F3) in England and as done rounds with M-Sport Bentley GT3 as Assistant Data Engineer. Prior to moving to Europe, Shishir was with the Supercars Development Series as well as a design engineer for smart helmet start up in Australia. Vyas has earned a Master’s Degree in Advanced Motorsport Engineering from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of NSW in Sydney, Australia. Away from work, Shishir enjoys riding motorbikes, watching and attending NFL games and being a foodie.

Jeff Lohman

Jeff Lohman

 

Role: Engineering & Race Strategy (LST)
Place of Birth: Omaha, Nebraska
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Current Residence: Flagstaff, Arizona

 

Jeff Lohman joined the engineering effort for the Wayne Taylor Racing Lambroghini Super Trofeo program in 2020. Having graduated from university of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1996 with mechanical engineering degree, Lohman started racing in 1998 with Hogan Racing and was in Indycar as damper engineer until 2005. He went on to CGR as support engineer and then to Brumos Racing in 2008 as race engineer in Daytona Prototypes. Jeff has race engineered everything from DPi, Prototype Challenge, GTD, LBST, LMP3, Ferrari Challenge, and GT3 in SRO.  In addition to his work with WTR, Lohman is involved in engineering the LMP3 and GT3 Aston Martin programs in SRO.  



Crew / Mechanics

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

Shop Role: Crew Chief (DPi)
Pit Stop Role: Rear Tire Changer
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.



Brett Knostman

Brett Knostman

Shop Role: Crew Chief (LST), Assist (DPi)
Pit Stop Role: Crew Chief (LST)
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.

 

Josh Blackburn

Josh Blackburn

Shop Role: Mechanic | Truck Driver (LST) 
Place of Birth: Indianapolis, IN
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN


Josh Blackburn joined Wayne Taylor Racing in 2020. He has worked in racing as a mechanic and truck driver for 13 years with tenures at Andretti Autosport, rEvolution Marketing, Just Marketing International, amongst other notable companies. He and his wife will be welcoming home their first child in July 2020.

Mitchell Dreier

Mitchell Dreier

Shop Role: Mechanic (LST)
Place of Birth: Livonia, MI
Current Residence: Brownsburg, IN


Mitchell Dreier joined WTR in 2021, after spending three years as a Line Technician at Hare Honda in Indianapolis, Indiana area. Dreier is a graduate of the Lincoln College of Technology, where he was on the Dean's list and received the 2017 Academic Achievement Award. Dreier enjoys traveling and helping out on his family's farm and is continuing his education by taking classes through Honda University.

Shawn Ford

Shawn Ford

Shop Role: Mechanic (LST)
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. 

 

Noah Hickman

Noah Hickman

Shop Role: Mechanic (LST)

Place of Birth: Hobart, IN

Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN

 

Noah Hickman joined WTR in April, 2021 after spending four years working with Andy Hillenburg in the NASCAR ARCA series. Hickman graduated from University of Northwestern Ohio with a degree in High Performance Motorsports. In his free time, Noah enjoys traveling and helping out at his family's auto repair shop. 

Chad Hurst

Chad Hurst

Shop Role: Composite Tech/Bodywork (DPi)
Pit Stop Role: Fuel Bottle/Tire Assist
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.

 

Andrew Klaber

Andrew Klaber

Shop Role: Mechanic (LST)
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, PA
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN


Andrew Klaber joined WTR in 2021 directly after graduating from Cornell where he studied Mechanical Engineering. Klaber was a member of the Baja SAE team for 4 years.

David Lehman

David Lehman

Shop Role: Mechanic (DPi)
Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Current Residence: Avon, IN

 

David Lehman joined Wayne Taylor Racing in July 2021. Lehman found his love of racing at an indoor karting track and never looked back. His first job was as a mechanic with 24 Time National Kart Champion Jessica Brannam. Over a 16 year period, Lehman would move from US F2000 and Indy Lights with Belardi Auto Racing, to Pro Mazda with Team Pelfry (2 Championships), to IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, and Juncos Racing.

 

Bill Mullen

Bill Mullen

Shop Role: Rear End Mechanic (DPi)
Pit Stop Role: Driver Change Assist
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

Chris Seaman

Shop Role: Front End Mechanic (DPi)
Pit Stop Role: Fueler
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

Paul Sheehan

Shop Role: Transportation Specialist (DPi)
Pit Stop Role: Tire Assist
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.

 

 

 

Steve Straub

Steve Straub

Shop Role: Transport Driver (DPi | LST)
Place of Birth: Columbus, OH
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN


Steve Straub joined Wayne Taylor Racing as a support Truck Driver in 2019. Straub has over 40 years experience as an owner/operator driving for such companies as Hartson Kennedy, Hurryin' Hoosier Transport and Syndicate Transport. Straub began his career working for Chrysler.

Nick Voils

Nick Voils

Shop Role: Parts Coordinator (DPi | LST)
Pit Stop Role: Fueler | Tire Assist | Pit Board
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 spending time with his wife, Ashley and their daughter, Tyler, Nick is a lover of cats and 1950s era music.