Birmingham: Beyer Racing preview

Beyer Racing Looks to Carry Momentum Into Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama - July 16th, 2009 - After coming off a successful weekend at the Daytona International Speedway which saw the Beyer Racing team lead the Daytona Prototype...

Beyer Racing Looks to Carry Momentum Into Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, Alabama - July 16th, 2009 - After coming off a successful weekend at the Daytona International Speedway which saw the Beyer Racing team lead the Daytona Prototype field for the first time, the rookie squad now heads to Barber Motorsports Park looking for another strong performance at the Porsche 250 presented by Legacy Credit Union, round 8 of the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

For the Taylor brothers, Jordan and Ricky, the 2.3 mile, 16-turn road course will be familiar territory as both of them had the chance to lap this challenging track last year. For 19-year old Ricky Taylor, who drives the No 13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley with Mike Forest, this previous experience came with an impressive fifth place finish in last year's Rolex Sports Car Series race driving a Daytona Prototype. His younger brother Jordan Taylor, 18, who spent most of this week recovering from wisdom tooth surgery, got his experience by being part of a testing session in which he drove a GT car.

Jared Beyer and Mike Forest will visit the Birmingham, Alabama facility for the first time today. Although the two rookies have never driven around this track, they each have found a different way to prepare for this challenge and learn the layout of the circuit. Canadian Mike Forest will take a traditional approach to learning this track by doing a few laps behind the wheel of a racing school car today. Jared Beyer has taken a more modern approach and has spent the last few days turning laps in a simulator at his home in New Braunfels, Texas. Beyer drives the No 5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford with Jordan Taylor.

Jared Beyer
No 5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford

"The team has done a great job preparing the cars for this weekend; I think we can be pretty competitive by the time we get to the race. I've never raced at Barber but I'm really excited to get out there and turn some laps, it looks like a really fun track and it really suits our Chevrolet Crawford so we are optimistic that we can show a lot of speed there."

Jordan Taylor
No 5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford

"I had my wisdom tooth taken out last Thursday so I've been resting for most of the week, however we did have the chance to do a lot of karting in Texas yesterday in 102-degree whether which should be a good preview of what to expect this weekend.

It's going to be really interesting to see how the Crawford reacts at a very technical track like Barber, in the past this chassis has been pretty good here. It should be good for us, our engineer Dominic Cape is getting more used to working with the Crawford, and Jared and I are getting more used to driving it so I think we can be pretty fast here."

Mike Forest
No 13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley

"We had a really good run at Daytona, running up front definitely helps your confidence. This whole year has involved building and progressing forward so it's nice to make it into the front pack. Certainly we can't take it for granted, we need to keep working every weekend if we want to be up with those guys. But we just need to keep our expectations in check and work hard all weekend.

This is my first time at this track and I'm really looking forward to it, it looks like a lot of fun, like a great driving track. It will definitely be better than at Daytona since here we'll have a couple of days of practice before the race. So we'll just go out there and get up to speed and make sure we have a good car for the race."

Ricky Taylor
No 13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley

"The last weekend at Daytona was a morale booster for the entire team; we took a big step in the right direction. We need to keep working but I think that our setup will definitely suit the Barber track, so we should be able to run up front once again.

This track has a lot of high speed long corners, it is very technical. I had a good race here last year, which will definitely help get me up to speed right away. It's going to be an interesting race especially with the GT cars, you'll have to be very smart when you are getting around them."

Practice for the Porsche 250 presented by Legacy Credit Union begins at 9:20 a.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. The green flag for the two-hour, 45-minute race is set to wave at 2 p.m. CT at the 16-turn Birmingham, Ala., circuit (SPEED, live, 3 p.m. ET). The weekend also includes a pair of Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge races, a Street Tuner race at 2:50 p.m. Saturday and a Grand Sport round 8:20 a.m. Sunday.

-credit: br

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jordan Taylor , Jared Beyer , Ricky Taylor , Mike Forest