October 3, 2022

The Meyer Legacy

Edouard Meyer

Highly decorated French Puegot bicycle racer Edouard Meyer stands next to his Factory Road Racing Bicycle .

Living and Racing in France and working full time as a barber, Edouard was given the opportunity to immigrate his growing family to New York City . Shortly after moving, Edouard and his wife would have a child Named Louis and quickly move to California. Focusing on his passion for racing again Edouard would begin  Racing Motorcycles with his oldest Son Eddie.

After a few years Edouard's oldest son Eddie would try his hand at automobile racing with the help of his younger brother louis. In the coming years Eddie would give Louis a chance to drive his ca, which would ended up changing the history of racing forever..

Louis Meyer

Louis Meyer (July 21, 1904 – October 7, 1995) American Hall of Fame race car driver who was the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

Born July 21, 1904 in Manhattan, New York To French immigrants Father Edouard Meyer a bicycle racer in France immigrated the Family to  lower Manhattan, New York then shortly after moving his family to Los Angeles, where Louis spent most of his youth automobile racing at various California tracks.

Louis' older brother, Eddie Meyer, also had a passion for speed. The two traveled the racing circuits together until at last, Louis took his chance at driving himself. It was at Ascot Speedway, in Los Angeles in 1924 where Louis climbed into his brother's Model T Special. He lasted just three laps until spinning, Meyer pressed on as a mechanic, He had been an established competition mechanic since he was 18 and by the time he was 22, he was recognized as one of the country's best. It was that reputation which led Frank Elliott to sign him to maintain a Miller on the board circuit in 1926.

Meyer would test new cars which allowed him to learn the characteristics of the premier racing cars of the day. Meyer first went to Indianapolis with Elliott in 1926 but returned in 1927 hoping to secure a ride, Meyer hung around the pits of the Jynx Special where another rookie, Wilbur Shaw, had the ride. When the car needed a new gas strap and a relief driver, Meyer got the nod. He maintained position for 41 laps before turning the car back. Shaw finished fourth and Meyer had his first taste of the famous Brickyard track........

Louis (Sonny) Meyer Jr.

Louis “Sonny” Meyer Jr., one of the most accomplished and successful engine builders in Indianapolis 500 history

Meyer is the son of Louis Meyer, the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 as a driver. Sonny Meyer joined Meyer & Drake Engineering soon after his father and Dale Drake purchased the Offenhauser engine business from Fred Offenhauser in early 1946. Sonny Meyer was one of the quietest, most pleasant men in Gasoline Alley but spoke loudly through his instrumental involvement as an engine builder or chief mechanic in at least 15 Indianapolis 500 victories.......

Louis (Butch) Meyer III

Louis (Butch) Meyer III began his career in Indy-style racing in 1965 working for his father at Louis Meyer, Inc. He worked on the double-overhead cam Ford engine, one of the most successful engines in the late 60s and early 70s and powered Mario Andretti to victory in the 1969 Indianapolis 500.

In 1970, when Pat Patrick bought Louis Meyer Inc., Meyer moved to Patrick Racing and helped build engines for Patrick until 1986. During his tenure at Patrick, the team won the Indianapolis 500 in 1973 and 1982, and the USAC National Championship in 1976, all with driver Gordon Johncock.

Meyer worked for Granatelli Racing from 1987-91 before building engines for USAC midgets from 1991-93.

Then off to Team Menard, starting with the team in 1994 as an engine assembler with his father. Two years later, when the Indy Racing League debuted, the elder Meyer retired, leaving his son to take over the engine department. In 1999, Menard creating a new business called Menard Engine Development, which Meyer headed until March 2003.

Louis Michael Meyer

“I grew up washing parts and doing things in the engine shop, and that’s where I kind of got the bug for it.”

Such is how the racing story began for Mike Meyer, great-grandson of Louis Meyer, the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. The younger Meyer is continuing the family’s motorsports legacy with his own team in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the initial rung of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder sanctioned by INDYCAR.

Meyer created the aptly named Legacy Autosport to compete with two cars in the USF2000 championship after starting his motorsports journey with his father, Butch Meyer, and grandfather, Sonny Meyer – each a legendary engine builder – years ago at the Team Menard engine shops in the infancy of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

It truly is a family effort for the team. Butch is the chief mechanic on the team’s No. 77 entry. Mike’s brother Matt works on tires and shocks for both cars. For inspiration on running the team, Mike turned to his own experience learning from the late Chris Griffis, who ran the Indy Lights operation for Sam Schmidt Motorsports until his untimely death in 2011. The annual fall open test for all three Mazda Road to Indy levels at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is named in honor of Griffis.

“I worked with Chris Griffis when he was at Sam Schmidt Motorsports,” Mike Meyer said. “He was a great guy, an amazing person, a close friend and a great boss. I always thought if I ever was able to have my own team, I wanted to emulate the way he ran his team with Schmidt, so it’s always been a goal of mine.”

Meyer teamed with Metalloid CEO Fred Edwards and Ryan Barth, formerly of RJB Motorsports, to form Legacy Autosport. The goal is eventually to get into Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires – the top RTI rung – but the team is taking measured steps.

Matthew Edouard  Meyer 

Matthew Edouard Meyer's passion for racing started as a child, listening to his Great Grand Father (Louis Meyer) tell stories of his amazing indy racing career and life. As he grew, his passion for racing grew,  helping his family (Butch, Cheryl, Mike) at the go cart tracks and watching his brother (Mike) race...

"Going into high school I realized that my passion was not just driving cars but also the design and mechanical aspects of the cars as well."said Matthew.

That passion lead Matthew into working for (Earls Indy) Indy Motorsports Spares where Mark Meko (Owner) and legendary engineer Anita Millican taught Matthew the ropes on building and dyno testing high performance dampers.  Matthew then took his damper experience off on his own and started his own business named Faultline Limited. Working with all different types of the racing industry from IndyCar to Moto GP and focused on the Mechanics ,design ,sales ,rebuild and dyno testing of Dampers.

After years of running his own business Matthew decided to go back to college to obtain a mechanical engineering degree. During that time Matthew started working for a Aerospace- Turbocharger facility named T.A.B.S (Turbos And Boost Systems)  Technologies where he began working with his father Butch Meyer, Designing Machining, Building and Dynoing Turbochargers and Boost Systems.

Until Legacy Autosports was formed in 2018, Meyer is now excited to bring his experience and passion of racing to Legacy Autosport where Meyer said "I am happy to be surrounded by family and some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the racing industry..."