Taylor Lands on Podium in Round 9 at Pomona Belvidere, IL (August 19, 2008) - Scott Taylor, the six time PRO-2 champion, looked to the second half of the 2008 CORR season as a time to show the fans and the competition that the ...
Taylor Lands on Podium in Round 9 at Pomona
Belvidere, IL (August 19, 2008) - Scott Taylor, the six time PRO-2 champion, looked to the second half of the 2008 CORR season as a time to show the fans and the competition that the #8 Skyjacker Suspensions RWD Roush-Yates Engine BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150, should not be counted out.
The first half of the season, Scott Taylor and chief engineer, Russ Wernimont had been struggling with a new truck and powerplant issues. The team has spent hours upon hours testing different setups, and after going back to notes from a few years ago, Scott and Russ believe they have the program going in the right direction.
The Skyjacker Ford is now equipped with the latest powerplant from Roush- Yates Engines. The dyno stats are very impressive, and work very well with the latest Taylor-Wernimont chassis setup.
When Taylor Racing unloaded the hauler, for the final time at Pomona, for the 2008 season, the team thought this would be the year's best shot at a podium finish.
The Saturday morning practice and qualifying session put the Roush-Yates powered Ford in eighth place. Afterwards, the team changed the sway bar, readjusted the front and rear shocks, and made an adjustment to the seat.
The rolling start saw Scott racing off the asphalt of Turn Two and onto the big table top jump, in fifth place. By the second lap, he made the pass for the fourth spot. After the mandatory yellow flag lap, Scott was right behind the third place truck, #17Renezeder, when he spun. Scott cleanly got around the out of shape truck, and moved into third place. The Skyjacker Ford held that position all the way to the finish. This was the first CORR podium finish of the season.
"We went back to some notes from a few years ago," a smiling Scott Taylor remarked. "Then with this new Roush-Yates engine, our truck is really coming around, the second half of the season, I think we will really turn some heads."
The Sunday morning practice and qualifying session saw the red, white, and blue #8 Ford stop the clocks with a lap time of 51.342 seconds. That would be fifth fastest in the twenty-three truck field. After the top eight qualifiers were inverted for the rolling start, Scott Taylor lined up on the outside of the second row.
The start saw Scott quickly make a move into fourth place, as the field headed through Turn One. The BFGoodrich tires were really getting all the Roush-Yates power to the ground. The #8 Ford held the spot, until the mandatory yellow, when the leader pulled off with the rear brakes on fire. During the yellow flag period, track officials watered the track, trying to keep the dust to a minimum. It also made the track very slippery. When the racing resumed, Scott dove to the inside of Turn Three looking to make a move under the top two trucks. Unfortunately, the slippery conditions caused the Skyjacker RWD Ford to spin, loosing several positions. Then, as Scott was making up some ground, the ring and pinion broke, ending the weekend. Officially, Scott was credited with a nineteenth place finish.
"The chassis setup we came up with, before we arrived, has really changed the team's outlook for the rest of the season," noted Scott Taylor. "Everyone can't wait to get to the next race. I can't thank my team enough for all the hard work they have put in this season. Today, I believed we had a real shot at a win. The BFG Goodrich tires, the Fox Shox, and the Roush-Yates engine were all working well together. Then we had a ring gear break. That rarely happens. My team and I are really excited for the rest of the season."
Taylor Racing also introduced Tom Gent and his team from Roush-Yates Engines, to the world of short course off-road racing. The group was on hand to assist Scott with his engine and to show the Roush-Yates Engines products to CORR competitors.
After ten rounds of racing in the 2008 CORR PRO-2 Championship, Scott Taylor is in eighth place.
The next race on the schedule for Taylor Racing is the WSORR BorgWarner Off- Road World Championships, August 29-31, in Crandon, Wisconsin.
The next Championship Off-Road Racing event is September 13-14, in Primm, Nevada.