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David Santee, Engineer, Matthew Brabham discussed on Pit Lane Parley

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We start our year partnership with them in two thousand twenty. Unc thanks for joining Jessen. I how you doing today. Good how are you good so I will start with the first question here and then just we can just alternate back and forth so last year from what I understand. You were Rena. Speak as engineer as he starts his rookie season in indycar. What can you tell us about? Arenas as a person and as a driver I mean Rena says extremely A very motivated person. I guess you could say Just you know ex- very focused on his goal of of winning and and excelling at everything that he does so he's He's just you know extremely motivated as a driver He's he. He's very very very talented I think he'll do very very well. Indycar series car will will suit him. Just says the indy lights car and everything else that his driven he hit. Apps very well to everything so I see a lot of success for him next year. Awesome so this coming season What kind of expectations do you guys have? I mean we're building up a team With some very good people and we're bringing you know very good drivers with David and Sandy And hopefully we're we'll sign a third at some point here and I mean the expectations are to to do as well as we did. Last year Or as well as I guess I did last year and as well as The other engineer Tim has done in the past. We come with the great experience and we We want to continue and and to win. So yeah the expectations are definitely to win Perfect I like it so on that note you were with Yuccas last year H. M. d. This year What is your racing background? How'd you get started in the engineering side of things to where you are today? Yeah sure so when I was younger I mean I was always involved in in racing of some sort. I raced go karts when I was younger. I've always been involved with cars. My father was a owns a Runs a mechanical shop. And you know cars were were pretty much everything of that. I ever knew So we I did a lot of go kart racing and as I you know as you get older you wanna start racing the cars and you know. Unfortunately I never really had the budget to race cars so as soon as I started realizing you know. I don't think I'M GONNA make it budget wise to move up I already started engineering school. That At University and And then from there I started working for race teams in the summers and then once I graduated university. I started working fulltime in racing and haven't stopped since I guess. Awesome so before you ghost which which we'll teams if you work for I've worked before young goes. I was at Andretti autosport for seven years And then prior to that. I done I raced with numerous engineered for numerous teams including Four sites racing walker racing Andersen racing Number of different teams Aim autosport was where I started everything out. I was with them for seven years. So Great Canadian team and Canadian so it was a great stepping stone for jumping in there. So we'll continue ban with several teams. Then have quite a history. What do you think is your favorite memory and racing favorite memory? I mean when I engineered Matthew by Brabham and twenty thirteen we won thirteen out of fifteen races or something year. I mean we could do nothing wrong and I I would probably be. You know the the highlight of of my career in terms of you know just winning so much was just a lot of fun. You know so So that's probably the best memory I I would say nine speaking here he spoke about David. Moluccas Santeria a couple of minutes ago. You competed against them last year. And I imagine you compete against Sandy over the past couple of years. What can you tell everybody out there listening about the drivers that now you're responsible for so I mean Santee is definitely a hold? Nothing nothing back. He's always one hundred twenty percent especially on track when during the races. He's never holds back which is great and I think he'll continue where he left off And hopefully have the success and go after the the the championship. And then David I I mean I. He had a bit of an up and down season last year. And I feel like if we can keep them on the upside I think you'll have a lot of success as well. I mean he had some good races at Coda and gateway last year and I think with a you know with some more guidance and a little bit more you know Stability in terms of staffing. And and everything. I think he can be very very good as well a little bit. What race are you most looking forward to this coming theory then I mean obviously? I was looking forward to my home race in Toronto. That's where I I live and that's where I've always I've gone to that race almost every year of my life. So that's probably the highlight. Obviously the other race you always look forward to the freedom one hundred. It's one that you know. I've I've finished second or third the last four or five years in a row here for the last four years here. So It's one that I still need. I I really want to win and and I'm hoping you know this year will be the year fingers press that we will see you in Victory Lane. Yes exactly so on on kind of a similar note there from a from your perspective which track is the most difficult to set up a car for difficult I mean every track has its challenge. I don't think there's one in particular you have. It's sometimes you have really really good success that one and you try to you. Know use the same meant the same philosophy for the next track and And it doesn't work quite a workout quite as well. So it's it's hard to say. I guess for from the pushing the driver Wise Street. Circuits are always a lot tougher because you really. The driver really needs to push the limits of the walls Retaining the track so Just having having driver that's GonNa push that in pushing the to to you know reach. Those limits is probably the biggest challenge. I guess for street circuits so probably street circuits. I would say yeah I can see that so I'll wrap it up here with just a few more questions Just if you WANNA jump in. Just let me know as an engineer. What are your main responsibilities? Both at the track and then in the shop when you're not at the Yeah so at the track. I mean obviously Trying the sessions in terms of you know time management sure the setup is is right and and making changes to make to progress the the car and have the driver feel you know that he can give one hundred percent So that's at the track At the workshop. It's it's all about you know preparation for the upcoming event It's all about analyzing you know what was good. And what was wrong with the previous events So there's a lot of you know what we call post. Event analysis a lot of pre event. Crap that goes on so things like that and then obviously going through What went went wrong in terms of on the car what we can improve between events on the car is something that we always work. Closely with team manager and the And the mechanics with so yeah cool so looking back on your long career to date. Is there one kind of career? Highlight that you put on your Metaphorical trophy case. That you look back on all the time very fondly. I guess probably like I said the the Matthew Brabham twenty thirteen year where we won so many races. That's that's one that definitely stands out Last year with Rina's was probably another another standout year where You know we won a number of races we were. We were extremely dominant. The last you know two three races and you know the championship slip away due to a penalty really at Road America so Things like that I guess what stand out also will all wrap it up here with one more question again. Thanks for joining us for for a short. Hmd Chat before the season starts. You've preseason testing at homestead. Soon right Yeah we're testing on February twenty first at homestead. Yeah Okay so next next weekend. I couldn't remember if it was before or after the indy-car test so when you go into a couple of tests with David Santee and hopefully a third driver fingers crossed. What are your main goals is a getting? I believe you guys will have the frontal protection device that any car have assure on car is getting the drivers used to that and kind of just getting a feel for the Indy Lights Carson. Santa He's been out of it for a little over a year now. Eso We've already done a bit of that. We tested at sea. Bring a couple of weeks ago So we we have and we had the frontal protection on the car so both David and Santee got to experience that I think. It's you know the test like homestead It's kind of a mixed bag. Where homes that is viewed as both road course industry circuit? There's bumpiness to it but really It's probably more of a road course. So just I guess implementing some of the some of the the setup items that you know. I. I've run in the past there and combining that with what the other engineer. Tim has run in the past. I think taking those two and and molding them together to come up with the best setup so I think starting with a baseline that we know and then adding the items that we feel would would would be a big plus and testing those drivers and trying to develop you know the very best setup is Kinda goal of tests like that so yeah awesome well. Enc We will. We'll let you go good luck in all season testing and we look forward to seeing you down at the track in in Saint Pete. And that's the luck this year. Thank you very much and thanks for having me no problem. How good Good weekend all right thank you..