Jordan Taylor Wins Big at Lime Rock Park
Apopka, Florida (July 16, 2007) -- Jordan Taylor had a big weekend at Lime Rock Park this past weekend, July 13-14. The youngest son of sports car champion Wayne Taylor collected two back-to-back victories in the fourth round of the Skip Barber Eastern Series at the 1.53-mile, 7-turn road course in northwest Connecticut.
The 16-year-old Jordan competed in a double-header weekend, driving four races instead of the normal two, due to having to miss a race at Watkins Glen because of age restrictions at the circuit due to tobacco policies.
He was quick out of the box on Thursday, clocking the fastest time in both sessions. He qualified on the front row, in the second position for Race One on Friday, July 13th, with Conor Daly earning the pole.
"In the first race, I decided to have a strategic race, staying behind Conor and pulling away from the rest of the pack," said Jordan. "The whole race I was planning on how to get around him on the last lap. I was planning on getting him exiting the last corner, but when the time came, the draft was not big enough for me to get around him."
Jordan finished second, with Conor Daly taking the victory.
The two racers were grid side-by-side for Race Two, again qualifying in the first and second positions as they had in the earlier race.
"In the second race for the day, I battled Conor a little more, passing him into turn one," added Jordan, who will begin his junior year in high school in Orlando, Florida next month. "About three-quarters of the way through the race we hit traffic and he passed the traffic in a better place. I was then stuck behind the traffic for an entire lap. Conor ended up winning that race as well and I finished second."
Race One on Saturday featured Jordan starting again from the first row, in the second position, according to the finishing grid from Friday's Race One.
"I fell back to third on the start and it was (Gabby) Chavez and Daly in the lead," described the young Taylor. "Going into turn one, Daly went inside of Chavez and they took each other out of the race, giving me the lead. Peter Ludwig finished second and Dion von Moltke, who came up through the field from the back, was third."
Saturday's Race Two had Jordan starting from the second position, again according to the finishing position from Friday's Race Two.
"I had a bad start and someone got by me. Then Conor Daly was able to pull about a three-second lead by the time I got around the guy who got in front of me," said Jordan. "Once I got by the guy I was just trying to push to catch up. It took about 12 laps for me to reel him in, as I was picking off time every lap. Once I caught him I was just trying to pressure him, and he eventually made a mistake and I inherited the lead."
The young Taylor clocked the fastest lap of the race in every session of the weekend, with the exception of one -- the qualifying session for the first race.
Jordan, who just turned 16 in June, was runner-up in the 10th Annual Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout in January of 2007, netting himself a $25,000 racing scholarship this season.
"Jordan did an exceptional job this weekend," said 2005 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Champion and proud father Wayne Taylor. "He really stayed focused and was a smart driver, showing patience and maturity, which is quite impressive at his young age and race experience. His jump in points is really promising for the championship."
The next event will be Round Four of Six at Mont-Tremblant near Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 29-29.