Engineering

Logan Sprung

Logan Sprung

Shop Duties: Assistant Engineer (DPi)
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 Duties: 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.

David Wagener

David Wagener

Shop Duties: Engineering (LST)
Pit Stop Duties: Race Strategy
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: 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 Duties: Crew Chief (LST), Assist (DPi)
Pit Stop Duties: 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.

 

Jim Allen

Jim Allen

Shop Duties: Transport Driver (LST)
Place of Birth: Newport, NY
Hometown: Newport, NY
Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN


Jim Allen joins Wayne Taylor Racing with 20 years experience in the motorsports industry. He has driven all over the country during his tenures with IMSA, IndyCar, and Champ Car. An avid hunter, Allen also enjoys spending time with the his wife of 24 years, Carrie. 

Brian Beck

Brian Beck

Shop Duties: Mechanic (LST)
Place of Birth: Pamona, CA
Hometown: Hesperia, CA
Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN

Brian Beck joined Wayne Taylor Racing in the Fall of 2019. Beck comes from a motorsports family that began racing in the 1960s. Beck's uncle owned two IndyCars in the late 90s. In the motorsports industry since 2003, Beck's was a part of Ford's 24 Hours of Le Mans win in 2016 which occured on the 50th anniversary of Ford's previous and historic win. An avid bowler, at 2 years of age, Beck was featured in Star Magazine for his bowling prowess. 

Josh Blackburn

Josh Blackburn

Shop Duties: 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.

Shawn Ford

Shawn Ford

Shop Duties: 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. 

 

Chad Hurst

Chad Hurst

Shop Duties: Composite Tech/Bodywork (DPi)
Pit Stop Duties: Fueler/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.

 

Michael Langston

Michael Langston

Shop Duties: Mechanic (DPi)
Pit Stop Duties: Front Tire Changer
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).

Graham Moore

Graham Moore

 

Shop Duties: Mechanic (LST)
Place of Birth: Jamestown, IN
Current Residence: Indianapolis, IN

 

Graham Moore joined Wayne Taylor Racing in 2019 as a mechanic with the North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo program. Moore began his career working as a Car Chief and Shop Foreman in Indy Lights at Team Moore Racing and eventually moved to IndyCar with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing before coming to WTR. 

Bill Mullen

Bill Mullen

Shop Duties: Rear End Mechanic (DPi)
Pit Stop Duties: 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 Duties: Front End Mechanic (DPi)
Pit Stop Duties: Fuel Man
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
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.

 

 

 

Keith Stein

Keith Stein

Shop Duties: Transport Driver (LST)
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.

Steve Straub

Steve Straub

Shop Duties: 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 Duties: Parts Coordinator (DPi | LST)
Pit Stop Duties: 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.