Scott Young, Director of Operations
Scott has been around racing his entire life. He started his racing career in El Paso, Texas, in 1975 under the mentorship of Gus Carney while he was still in high school. Gus was a patriarch of the local circuit track racing scene who has been called a driver, builder and mechanic extraordinaire. Scott was like a member of the family and he soaked up everything he could learn from his expert teacher. After moving to Dallas a few years later, he got into NHRA with Darrell Goza, racing Super Comp, Super Gas and Bracket Cars. He learned his machinist skills while working with Goza Racing Products.
Scott joined Taylor Race Engineering in 2001, where he had an opportunity to raise his two wonderful children while still working in the racing industry that his is passionate about. Since then, he has moved up through the ranks to become Director of Operations, overseeing the sales and service departments. He provides technical service and support to their many clients, FSAE technical support for the program he founded 15 years ago, trackside support at Vintage Races throughout the country, and machinist and fabricator services while he is in the shop.
Scott has been married to his wonderful wife, Becky, for 25 years. Now that his children are grown and out on their own he is ready to pick up the helmet again. Look for him on the track in the near future.
Mick Mannion, Service Manager
Mick started his racing career at Lola cars in England assembling FF1600, F3, FSV cars. He then joined a racing team as a traveling mechanic, preparing a variety of race cars, including F1, F2, and Group C sports cars, focusing on the transmission and drive line area. He came to the US in 1984 to work in the Can-Am and IndyCar series as a pit crew member at the Indy 500 for driver Jim Crawford.
Taking a break from racing, Mick worked as a jet engine and airframe mechanic at Trans World Airlines and American Airlines. After retiring from the airlines, it was back to racing.
In 2012, Mick joined the Taylor Race Engineering team, once again specializing in drive lines and transmissions. As Service Manager, he schedules inbound service work, disassembles customer transmissions to prepare quotes on rebuilding, and travels to Vintage Races for trackside technical support. He also instructs high school and SAE student interns on how to diagnose car issues and how to stay safe while doing it.
Jeff Weigart, Technical Sales
Jeff graduated from Universal Technical Institute in 1996 with a certificate in auto and diesel technologies. He worked at a few dealerships before getting into the racing scene at Quarter Master Industries in 1999. He started as a shipping clerk and worked his way up to sales lead.
Jeff came to Taylor Race Engineering in 2013 for a technical sales position and hasn’t looked back. He also helps with trackside support for the Vintage Race series, getting a chance to meet many of their clients in person. He says “The education I have received from Scott and Mick has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have taken what I have learned here and used that to do some crew work with a local prep shop here in Dallas to get hands on with an early Royale and a Lola 644. Being part of the Taylor Race Engineering family I really couldn’t ask for anything more we are a great group of people who together can accomplish anything.”
David Tuttle, General Manager
David, a transplant to Texas from his native state of Ohio, spent the formative period of his adult life in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He began his military career rebuilding automatic and manual transmissions, transfer cases and driveline components. Before leaving the Army, he was the operations director for a large production facility which prepared all military vehicles for air drop.
David has returned for a second tour of duty with Taylor Race Engineering. His first tour comprised a 6 year hitch Managing the Inventory and Purchasing Functions, while soaking up as much knowledge as possible from Craig and Marcie Taylor prior to their retirement.
Life events led David away from Taylor for several years, but he happily returned when the opportunity arose. David is now our General Manager, efficiently running the business office while seamlessly providing logistical and sales support to the Sales and Service departments.
We are very proud of David’s military service and delighted to have his leadership invested in this team.