2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona Race-winning Engineer
Iain Watt is certainly no stranger to world-class drivers. The Scottish-born engineer has worked with a who’s who of open-wheel stand-outs, including Max Papis, Cristiano da Matta, Dario Franchitti, Christian Fittipaldi and Tony Kanaan. He also played a prominent role in Action Express Racing’s victory in the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the opening round of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
A graduate of the Cranfield Institute of Technology in Bedford, England, Watt gained his first experience of open-wheel racing with Lola Cars Ltd., where he worked between 1994 and 1996 as Design Engineer of the Indy car project and served as race engineer with a number of teams during the season. Watt then grasped an opportunity to move to the United States with Precision Preparation, Inc. (PPI). He worked as track and in-house chief engineer for the team’s Champ Car program, overseeing da Matta’s first victory at Chicago Motor Speedway in 2000. After successful spells also with Team Green and Mo Nunn Racing, Watt joined Cheever Racing in 2004, taking engineering responsibility for both the team’s IRL program and, in 2007, a redesign of the Fabcar sports car chassis.
Watt continued to broaden his experience by switching to NASCAR, where he worked as Performance Engineer for Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Richard Petty Motorsports for three years before reverting to the sports car ranks with Action Express Racing where he has played a key role in helping the team return to Victory Lane.