A real rocket scientist is running Mercury Racing. Stuart Halley holds an aerospace engineering degree and worked at Lockheed on the F-16 National Aero-Space Plane (X-30) and F-22 aircraft programs before joining Mercury Marine in 1993. Previously serving as Product Development & Engineering Director at Mercury, 56-year-old Halley was named general manager at Mercury Racing in May, 2018, replacing the departed Eric Chistiansen in one of the highest-profile positions in the marine industry. Mercury Racing is the undisputed leader in high-performance marine power, with products likes its Verado 400R outboard, QC4v V8 sterndrive engines and the new 250R and 300R FourStroke outboard models. We gave Halley a few months to settle in at his new position before requesting a quick interview.