PKV Racing today announced the hiring of Tom Brown as the team's new Technical Director
Brown, one of the most respected designers/engineers in the Champ Car World Series, graduated first in his class from the University of Strathclyde - Glasgow with a First Class Honors degree in Engineering. He joined Penske Cars as a design engineer in 1985 and in 1990 became one of Penske's Senior Design Engineers working on every Penske car from 1990-1996.
From 1991 to 1993, while still designing for Penske, Brown was assigned to Bettenhausen Motorsports as Race Engineer when the team became a Penske customer. While at Bettenhausen he helped Stefan Johansson earn Rookie of the Year honors (1992). In 1994, Brown became Emerson Fittipaldi's Race Engineer at Marlboro Penske Racing and in 1996 was assigned, along with Fittipaldi, to Hogan Racing.
During Brown's tenure as a Design and Race Engineer at Penske the team won three championships and six Indianapolis 500s. In 1997, Brown reunited with Bettenhausen Motorsports becoming the Managing Director and Chief Engineer.
In his first season back with the team he helped Patrick Carpentier captured the Rookie of the Year Award and the following season guided the rookie season of Helio Castroneves. Brown remained as Chief Engineer when Bettenhausen Motorsports became Herdez Competition in 2001 and later HVM Inc.