Taylor Racing Battles Through Tough Weekend As the Taylor Racing ...
Taylor Racing Battles Through Tough Weekend
As the Taylor Racing #1 Skyjacker BFGooodrich Ford F-150 headed to Crandon International Off-Road Raceway, expectations were running high, as the team pulled off back to back wins at this track earlier in the spring.
Friday is a big day at the 36th running of the Labor Day Weekend Borg Warner Off-Road Championships. In the morning, all the race vehicles are put on display in downtown Crandon. By mid morning the pit crew competition begins, at noon the traditional parade through downtown is held, and lastly the Nismo Time Trials are held all afternoon for the Borg Warner Shootout.
At time trials, Scott Taylor and the #1 Skyjacker BFGooodrich Ford F-150 qualified as the fastest Pro-2 truck on the field with a time of 1 minute 28.02 seconds on the longer 1.75-mile track. This put Scott in the "Fab 5" which gives the five fastest two-wheel drive trucks a head start for the ten-lap event.
Saturday - Round 11
The land rush start began with Scott Taylor, Evans, Probst, and Renezeder battling for the top spot as the field went through the Forest County Potowatomi Turn One. Scott used his BFGoodrich tires and his Roush Performance power plant to take the outside line through the high-speed turn. Suddenly the Skyjacker Ford had Evans leaning his truck into the Skyjacker Ford causing both trucks to go off line. Fortunately the Skyjacker engineered suspension kept Scott on the track and in 4th place heading into the front stretch filled with 25,000 cheering fans. Quickly Scott got by Evans and set his sights on the second place truck of Probst.
On lap three Scott new something wasn't right with the truck. As the front of the truck began to smoke, Scott realized the truck was on fire. Fortunately, he was able to stop the truck near the "Hot Pit" exit, where his team members and safety crew quickly pulled Scott from the truck and put out the flames. This gave the team a 14th place finish. The early exit in this round combined with a first place finish by Renezeder, dropped Scott to second in the overall standings for the 2005 Lucas Oil CORR Pro-2 standings.
After the race the team, went to work to find out what caused the fire, and repair the damage. By 4am the team had competed all the repairs and the truck was ready for the next day's battles.
The team found a faulty fuel pressure regulator starved the engine of fuel, which caused detonation in the cylinders. The end result was an oil fire. " I can't remember, when we didn't finish a race, I think it's been several years. Fortunately I was able to get out of the cockpit and the safety crew put the fire out quickly. Roush Performance
supplies us with such great engines, and to lose one to due to a non-Roush part failure-- well let's say were are looking for a new fuel delivery solution so this will never happen again," commented Scott Taylor.
Sunday - Round 12
The first test of the repairs came in the morning practice session. Scott went out and the truck produced some very fast lap times. Once back in the pits, the team went over the truck, and deemed it ready for round 12. . There were 14 trucks line up in the land rush start and as the green flag dropped the Skyjacker BFGoodrich Ford F-150 ended up sideways in the first turn. Suddenly Scott found himself back in tenth position. The truck was really working well, the BFGoodrich Tires applied the flawless Roush Performance horsepower to the track, and the Skyjacker engineered suspension kept that power applied to the ground. As the race continued Scott methodically picked off the competition. As the laps wound down, Scott kept climbing up the standings. At the flag, Scott took home a respectable 3rd place finish.
Borg Warner Shootout
It was Taylor, Renezeder, LeDuc, Vandenheuvel, and Oberg that were the "Fab 5" trucks that received a head start. As the race started Taylor came out of the first turn in 3rd place behind Renezeder and Vandenheuvel. Quickly the lead pack for Pro-4 trucks caught the "Fab 5". On lap four Johnny Greaves in his Pro-4 had taken over the lead. Later his truck would suffer from transmission failure and eventually Jason Baldwin would grab the lead and win the Borg Warner Shootout. Through the entire race Scott kept pace with the leaders and finished a very respectable fourth place overall and the 3rd Pro-2 truck at the finish.
"This weekend really tested all aspects of our team. After the fire on Saturday, the team really somehow got the truck back together. I was really proud of everyone in the Taylor Racing family. We came to Crandon in first place and now we are going to California sitting in second place in the standings. It could have been worse, much worse. I got out of the truck without injury, the guys on the team worked on the truck all night, and somehow when the sun came up on Sunday, we were ready to go racing--. There are still two rounds of racing to go. It's a new track that nobody had been to. We haven't come this far to give up on the championship. We will be in California to compete and keep the championship in Belvidere, Illinois."- Scott Taylor.
Currently Scott Taylor is in second place overall, just 15 points behind Carl Renezder for the 2005 Lucas Oil CORR Pro-2 Championships. The remaining two rounds of racing, the Nissan Off-Road Nationals at the Otay Ranch in Chula Vista, California on September 24 --25, will be determine who will be champion.
Scott would like to thank everyone that helped out this weekend, especially his crew, family, friends, and his partners.