Daytona II: Wayne, Ricky Taylor preview

Taylor Family Competes Against One Another at Daytona Brumos Porsche 250 Race Daytona Beach, Florida (July 1, 2008) -- Two-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner and Grand-Am team owner Wayne Taylor will face two formidable competitors in the Daytona...

Taylor Family Competes Against One Another at Daytona Brumos Porsche 250 Race

Daytona Beach, Florida (July 1, 2008) -- Two-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner and Grand-Am team owner Wayne Taylor will face two formidable competitors in the Daytona Prototype class this week at Daytona International Speedway: His teenage sons.

Ricky Taylor, 18, will be driving the No. 47 Miracle Sealants/CDOC Ford Dallara with Burt Frisselle at the Brumos Porsche 250 on Thursday, July 3rd. Jordan Taylor, 17, will drive the No. 19 Beyer Racing Ford Crawford with Jared Beyer. Wayne Taylor will field the popular No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Dallara of Wayne Taylor Racing with drivers Max Angelelli and Michael Valiante.

Ricky, who made his DP debut this year at the Rolex 24 At Daytona co-driving with his Dad's SunTrust team to a fifth-place finish, will be making his second Daytona appearance and competing in his fourth DP race. The Orlando, Florida college freshman had his first drive with the Doran Racing team's No. 47 Ford Dallara in mid-June at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, finishing an impressive seventh-place with co-driver Burt Frisselle. He also drove with his brother's team, Beyer Racing, at Virginia International Raceway in April, qualifying the car to an impressive fifth starting position on the grid.

The team recently secured Miracle Sealants as a sponsor this week. Miracle Sealants, a sponsor of the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Dallara, have been following the Taylors sons careers all season and decided to back Ricky in his effort for the Daytona night race.

"I'm very excited with the opportunity I have to drive with Burt in the Doran Racing-prepared Dallara," said Ricky, the runner-up in the 2007 Skip Barber National Championship. "We had a great race at Mid-Ohio and Burt and I worked together very well. I also want to thank Miracle Sealants for stepping up as a sponsor for this race. I really appreciate the fact they believe in me and wanted to help us. To return to Daytona is fantastic. It will be weird competing against my Dad and my brother this race with all of us in the same class. The Daytona Prototype Series is so competitive that anything can happen. Burt and I are going to Daytona ready and looking for another good finish. At least I have already driven at Daytona a few times, so I think I'll be a little more comfortable going in to a one-day event."

Jordan, a soon-to-be high school senior, will be making his Daytona Prototype debut this week in Daytona and his second Grand-Am appearance at Daytona. Jordan drove a GT-class Porsche at the 2008 Rolex 24 At Daytona, finishing 15th in class. He is following in his brother's racing shoes by stepping into the cockpit of the No. 19 Beyer Racing Ford Crawford. Ricky previously drove the car at the VIR 400 race, also with co-driver Jared Beyer.

"I'm really happy and excited for the opportunity given to me by Jeff Beyer to allow me the chance to drive with his team and with his son Jared," said the 2007 Skip Barber Eastern Series Champion. "It's been a life-long goal to be in DP's after watching my Dad over the years. It is great to finally be able to do it. Daytona is a good choice for us for my debut in DP, as it's the track where I debuted at Grand-Am earlier this year at the 24 Hours."

"We met Ricky and Jordan at the 24 Hour race at Daytona this year," said 18-year-old Jared Beyer, who started his career in karting before moving into SCCA Spec Racing cars. "When I saw Ricky drive in the 24 Hour, I said that was who I wanted to drive with. We got talking and then we raced together at VIR. Now we're going to race this race with Jordan. Just getting to know their family they've become really great friends and an amazing connection in the sport. They are just amazing people."

Jordan and Jared recently tested the Ford Crawford at Roebling Road in Savannah, Georgia in preparation for this week's 250-mile race at the legendary 3.56-mile 12-turn Daytona speedway road course.

-credit: wtr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Wayne Taylor , Michael Valiante , Max Angelelli , Jordan Taylor , Burt Frisselle , Skip Barber , Jared Beyer , Ricky Taylor
Teams Doran Racing , Wayne Taylor Racing