Taylor Named Senior Director National Technical Operations GLENDORA, Calif. (April 7, 2004) - NHRA announced today that former General Motors Racing Group Manager Don Taylor has been named senior director of national technical operations, ...
Taylor Named Senior Director National Technical Operations
GLENDORA, Calif. (April 7, 2004) - NHRA announced today that former General Motors Racing Group Manager Don Taylor has been named senior director of national technical operations, effective May 3.
Taylor, who brings a wealth of technical knowledge specific to the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series and NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series, will oversee NHRA's technical department and report directly to Cary Menard, vice president technical administration and legal affairs.
"NHRA is fortunate that Don was available, given his extensive background in all forms of motorsports and specifically, NHRA Drag Racing," said Menard. "He is a tremendous addition to an already solid technical department."
While at GM, Taylor was most recently responsible for drag racing, sport compact "tuner," and motorsports safety programs. He oversaw program managers and engineers in the areas of engine, chassis, and aerodynamics. He also managed the relationship with sanctioning bodies and with race teams. Prior to that, Taylor was group manager for GM's effort in NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch, Craftsman Truck and ASA Racing series.
"NHRA has a great management and technical team in place," said Taylor. "With that said, I enthusiastically look forward to joining the team and making a significant impact on the growth of NHRA."
Taylor spent nearly 25 years with GM, and holds degrees in engineering, industrial design, and marketing. He will relocate to NHRA's corporate headquarters in Glendora, Calif.
NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.