Ricky and Jordan Taylor Have Successful Race Weekend in Homestead Homestead, Florida (January 7, 2007) -- It was a successful weekend of racing for Ricky and Jordan Taylor, the two sons of 2005 Grand-Am Rolex champion Wayne Taylor. Ricky, 17,...
Ricky and Jordan Taylor Have Successful Race Weekend in Homestead
Homestead, Florida (January 7, 2007) -- It was a successful weekend of racing for Ricky and Jordan Taylor, the two sons of 2005 Grand-Am Rolex champion Wayne Taylor.
Ricky, 17, and Jordan, making his car racing debut at age 15, both competed in the Skip Barber Southern Series race weekend at Homestead-Miami Raceway in Homestead, Florida.
Ricky, a high school junior in Orlando, Florida, had a dream racing weekend with starting from the pole position and winning both his races. He is now leading the Skip Barber Southern Series championship with just three race weekends (six races) remaining.
"It was a really a good championship weekend for me," said Ricky. "My main competitor, Hayden Duerson, was leading the championship coming into the weekend by 25 points. He had a couple mistakes in both races and I benefited from it. Now I have a 50-point lead. It definitely was a good championship weekend for me.
"Anything can happen in a championship though," he added. "I'm confident, but not completely comfortable. I'm going to try to stay clean and not lose any points for the remaining races and hope I can win the championship."
Ricky began racing cars less than a year ago in the Skip Barber Series. In November he collected a triple-crown weekend at Road Atlanta in the Skip Barber Southern Series, with a pole, two victories and new track record.
Jordan, a high school sophomore, competed in his first car race this past weekend at Homestead with enormous success. He started from the front row, in the second position, in Saturday's race, finishing third overall. In Sunday's race he started from the third position and took the lead in the first corner for the first two laps. A good battle with three other cars ensued before a caution bunched everyone together, Jordan got passed a few times, dropping as low as fifth before finishing the race with another impressive third.
"It was exciting to be on the podium in my first race in the car," said Jordan, who has been racing go-karts for the past five year and had just two car tests. "I definitely learned a lot for future races. I know I can do better after all that I learned in these races. I hope to take what I learned and put it to good use next weekend in the Skip Barber Karting Shootout."
The Skip Barber Karting Shootout winner is awarded a scholarship for a full Skip Barber National Series season of racing. Last year Ricky Taylor, who was still racing go karts, finished second in the Shootout and won a Skip Barber Regional Series of racing in six races.
Their father, 2005 Grand-Am Driver Champion Wayne Taylor, was unable to watch the boys race because he was busy testing at Daytona International Raceway for the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley. He and teammates Max Angelelli, Jan Magnussen and Jeff Gordon turned the fastest time of the test session in preparation for the 24-hour race.
"I couldn't be more proud of both of the boys," said Wayne Taylor, a two-time Rolex 24 Hour winner. "Ricky has been very consistent and continuing to learn and grow in each race in this Series. Getting two more victories this past weekend and now leading the championship is a big step. For Jordan to have podium finishes in his first two car races is an exciting way to start his car racing career. They both are showing real promise as race car drivers, whether I want it for them or not."
The Skip Barber Southern Series features identical 2.0-liter Dodge R/T 2000 cars.