Engineering

Adam Banet

Adam Banet

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

Austin Finley

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

Hali Money

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

David Wagener

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

Chris Bennett

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

Frank Camacho

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.