Watkins Glen: Ricky Taylor - Ford interview 2010-06-02

Ricky Taylor, co-driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara, has accomplished quite a lot this season in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Class. Winning his first pole, making his first podium appearance, and now coming off his...

Ricky Taylor, co-driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara, has accomplished quite a lot this season in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Class. Winning his first pole, making his first podium appearance, and now coming off his first career win, Taylor heads to Watkins Glen this weekend hoping to carry all of that momentum into a second win at Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.

RICKY TAYLOR - co-driver, No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara

YOU'VE HAD A LOT OF FIRSTS THIS YEAR. YOUR FIRST PODIUM APPEARANCE, YOUR FIRST POLE AND NOW YOUR FIRST WIN. "Before this season I really hadn't shown much for results and things like that, but in the last three races I've just been given the opportunity to excel and really get some results here with the pole in Barber, a podium in Virginia and now my first win at Lime Rock. It's really good but we can't rest now. We have to keep working really hard for the rest of the season."

YOU HEAD INTO WATKINS GLEN THIS WEEKEND DIRECTLY OFF YOUR WIN AT LIME ROCK. DO YOU FEEL MORE CONFIDENT GOING INTO THE GLEN WITH THAT MOMENTUM ON YOUR SIDE? "Yes, momentum has been really strong. The team has been really great coming up with great strategies. Max and I are working well together. The Ford package has been working really well and I'm just looking forward to getting into this weekend."

AS A DRIVER DO YOU PREFER THE BACK-TO-BACK RACES LIKE THIS? "Yes, back-to- back at Lime Rock and then five days later we're racing at Watkins Glen. It's difficult as busy as we are, but it's really nice as a driver to be fresh getting into the car for the first practice at Watkins Glen not really having to work yourself back into it. You can just kind of hop in and be ready to go."

LIME ROCK WAS A DEBUT RACE FOR THE DAYTONA PROTOTYPES AND A LOT OF THE DRIVERS SAID THE KEY STRATEGY WAS JUST TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE DURING THE RACE. WAS THAT YOUR STRATEGY GOING INTO IT AS WELL? "Yes, staying out of trouble was really important. I think we managed to do that, although there was a couple of incidents where things could have gone badly, but on a short track like Lime Rock it's bound to happen. We knew that with the track condition it was going to be very important to qualify well and try and control the race from the front and just manage our own race. We managed to do that. The strategy was spot on and everything went according to plan."

PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THEIR FATHER ALWAYS SAY THAT THAT'S THE TOUGHEST BOSS THEY HAVE EVER HAD. HOW DO YOU FEEL WORKING WITH YOUR DAD ON THE SUNTRUST RACING TEAM? "Coming into the year I was very skeptical of how it would be. He is very hard and he told me he would treat me like any other driver, which I like. I don't want to be the team owner's son. He's treating me the same as Max, demanding a lot out of me and I put myself under a lot of pressure as well. It's good having everyone try to get the best out of me. I enjoy it."

-source: ford racing

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