INSIGHT: 2019 IndyCar race engineers and race strategists

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INSIGHT: 2019 IndyCar race engineers and race strategists

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INSIGHT: 2019 IndyCar race engineers and race strategists


ABOVE: Will Power with longtime engineer David Faustino.

One is the equivalent of an NFL head coach, the other doubles as offensive and defensive coordinator, and both play a crucial role in the performance of their quarterback.

The interaction between NTT IndyCar series drivers, race engineers, and race strategists form the same interconnected bond, making wins, losses, and comebacks possible based on how well they work together as a unit.

Using the entry list for this weekend’s season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, here’s the roster for the 24 cars that will be present:

A.J. Foyt Racing

No. 4 Matheus Leist

  • Engineer: Daniele Cucchiaroni
  • Strategist: George Klotz

No. 14 Tony Kanaan

  • Engineer: Eric Cowdin
  • Strategist: Scott Harner

Andretti Autosport

No. 26 Zach Veach
  • Engineer: Garrett Mothersead
  • Strategist: Josh Freund
No. 27 Alexander Rossi
  • Engineer: Jeremy Milless
  • Strategist: Rob Edwards
No. 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Engineer: Ray Gosselin
  • Strategist: Ray Gosselin
No. 98 Marco Andretti 
  • Engineer: Mark Bryant
  • Strategist: Bryan Herta

Arrow Schmidt Peterson

No. 5 James Hinchcliffe

  • Engineer: Will Anderson
  • Strategist: Taylor Kiel

No. 7 Marcus Ericsson

  • Engineer: Blair Perschbacher
  • Strategist: Billy Vincent

Carlin Racing

No. 23 Charlie Kimball

  • Engineer and Strategist: Matt Greasley

No. 59 Max Chilton

  • Engineer: Geoff Fickling
  • Strategist: Barry Waddell

Chip Ganassi Racing

No. 9 Scott Dixon

  • Engineer: Chris Simmons
  • Strategist: Mike Hull

No. 10 Felix Rosenqvist

  • Engineer: Julian Robertson
  • Strategist: Barry Wanser/Chip Ganassi

Dale Coyne Racing

No. 18 Sebastien Bourdais

  • Engineer: Craig Hampson
  • Strategist: Dale Coyne

No. 19 Santino Ferrucci

  • Engineer: Michael Cannon
  • Strategist: Terry Brown


No. 81 Ben Hanley

  • Engineer: Paul Thomas
  • Strategist: Leon Gutfreund

Ed Carpenter Racing

No. 20 Ed Jones/Ed Carpenter

  • Engineer: Peter Craik
  • Strategist: Tim Broyles

No. 21 Spencer Pigot

  • Engineer: Matt Barnes
  • Strategist: Brent Harvey

Harding Steinbrenner Racing

No. 88 Colton Herta

  • Engineers: Nathan O’Rourke/Andy Listes
  • Strategist: Davey Hamilton

Meyer Shank Racing

No. 60 Jack Harvey

  • Engineer: Mike Colliver
  • Strategist: Ryan McCarthy

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

No. 15 Graham Rahal

  • Engineer: Allen McDonald
  • Strategist: Ricardo Nault

No. 30 Takuma Sato

  • Engineer: Eddie Jones
  • Strategist: Derek Davidson

Team Penske

No. 2 Josef Newgarden

  • Engineer: Gavin Ward
  • Strategist: Tim Cindric

No. 12 Will Power

  • Engineer: David Faustino
  • Strategist: Roger Penske/Ron Ruzewski

No. 22 Simon Pagenaud

  • Engineer: Ben Bretzman
  • Strategist: Kyle Moyer