Iain Watt is certainly no stranger to working with world class drivers. The Scottish-born engineer has worked with a who’s/who of open-wheel standouts, including: Max Papis, Cristiano da Matta, Dario Franchitti, Christian Fittipaldi and Tony Kanaan, among others. A graduate of the Cranfield Institute of Technology in Bedford, England, Watt got into open-wheel racing in 1993 with Lola Cars Ltd where he worked with a number of teams between 1994 and 1996 as Design Engineer of the Indy car project and race engineer during the season.
From Lola, Watt came to the United States and Precision Preparation, Inc. (PPI) where he worked as track and in-house chief engineer. There, he oversaw the team’s Champ Car program and was crew chief for Papis in 1997 and 1998 and da Matta in 1999 and 2000, winning a race with da Matta in 2000 at Chicagoland. He returned to victory lane one year later in 2001, this time with Team Green and Franchitti at Cleveland.
Following a brief stint at Team Green, Watt went to Mo Nunn Racing and served as crew chief for Kanaan, Felipe Giaffone, Alex Barron and Tora Takagi in the CART and IRL series. With Mo Nunn, Watt led the team to one win, four podiums and 23 top-10s in three seasons.
In 2004, Watt joined Cheever Racing and assumed crew chief duties for Fittipaldi, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron, Ed Carpenter and Papis. In addition to his IRL duties, Watt also managed and implemented the redesign of the FabCar chassis in 2007. It was then that he made the switch to NASCAR and worked as the Performance Engineer for Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Richard Petty Motorsports.
After three seasons with RPM, Watt made the jump to sports car racing with Action Express Racing where he has been a key part of helping the team return to victory lane.