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Will Phillips

VP Technology, INDYCAR
Verizon Indycar Series

Abstract: “Data Acquisition and the Role of Computer Technology in the Verizon IndyCar Series”

Motorsports is about getting the car to perform competitively – better than competing designs. Large amounts of data from over 100 sensors track performance and is optimized through design adjustments to achieve this result. The presentation will highlight the close interaction between the data acquisition and its use to fine tune a competitive racecar. Optimizing this data to improve performance is thus a key capability in this industry. Participants will get a glimpse of the future of manufacturing – as the cost of sensors and data acquisition devices drop, more and more devices – from passenger cars to refrigerators and washing machine to machine tools, will generate lots of continuous data that will be routinely used to optimize their performance. How all of this comes together in the heat of the race will provide a fascinating look at this industry as a harbinger for Smart Manufacturing in Indiana.

INDYCAR named Will Phillips as Vice President of Technology in March 2011, responsible for overseeing the direction and implementation of the technical rules package for the next generation of Verizon IndyCar Series car and their enforcement starting with the 2012 season. Additionally, Phillips chairs the IEC and IAC (INDYCAR Engine Committee and INDYCAR Aero Committee), groups of representatives from the Verizon IndyCar Series manufacturers that meet several times a year to discuss goals and emerging technologies while developing a roadmap for the future. Phillips, of the United Kingdom, served as engineering director for Patron Highcroft Racing in the American Le Mans Series, which won the LMP championship in 2010. He also has held senior engineering positions in North American racing with de Ferran Motorsports, PacWest Racing, Herdez Competition and Rocketsports. Phillips was responsible for the design, development and delivery of the Reynard 02S sports car. Additionally, he contributed to chassis design and development for March’s 1989 & 90 Porsche Indy, the 1991 Fondmetal Formula One car and 1992 Venturi Larrouse Formula One car. Phillips as a race engineer has worked with current Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud and previously Alex Tagliani, Danny Sullivan, Scott Sharp, Nigel Mansell and Teo Fabi among others.