DWIGHT BROWN joined AJ Foyt Racing in 2016 as a data acquisition engineer, left for a year and rejoined the team in 2018. He currently works as the assistant engineer on the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet driven by Matheus Leist. We asked him a few questions…
Q: How did you get involved in racing? Where did it start for you?
DB: “From an early age my dad and I would go to IMS and watch qualifying at Indy, and we would watch both open wheel and stock car events on television. However it truly started when I decided during the spring break of my senior year of high school that I would attend IUPUI for Motorsports Engineering. From there I had a few internships, which expanded my network, and with the help of several people including Tom Wilson and Steve Moore, I landed my first IndyCar role in 2015 with KV Racing Technology.”
Q: What does your job as a support engineer entail?
DB: “A support engineer can span a wide range of tasks...IndyCar engineering in general can as well. There are never two days that are identical. Anything from data analysis, fuel flow testing, CAD part design, wiring steering wheels, running vehicle dynamics simulations, gearing studies, software programming, and many other tasks. There are always high level items that must be completed, however sometimes we have single day turn-arounds and some six-day turn-arounds, so time varies, therefore the detail and scope is forced too. In-season and off-season are quite different; when you have two days in the shop before race events, you are closing the book on one weekend and preparing for the next, whereas in the off-season oftentimes you are dealing with bigger projects that in-season time does not allow for.”