IRL: Nashville: Access Motorsports signs Mark Taylor

Dallas, TX - July 12, 2004 -- Greg Ray, owner of Access MotorSports, is pleased to announce signing Mark Taylor, the 26-year-old British IRL Rookie to compete in the remaining nine races of the Indy Racing League series. Despite missing the...

Dallas, TX - July 12, 2004 -- Greg Ray, owner of Access MotorSports, is pleased to announce signing Mark Taylor, the 26-year-old British IRL Rookie to compete in the remaining nine races of the Indy Racing League series.

Despite missing the last event in Kansas, Taylor who won seven IPS races in 2004, currently lies 3rd in the Rookie Championship standings, just 44 points behind Kosuke Matsuure and 15 points behind Ed Carpenter. With 50 points available for victory and nine races in hand, Taylor is still within reach of the goal.

Greg Ray - Former 1999 IRL Champion, 2000 Indy 500 Polesitter and Team Owner of Access Motorsports --

"Mark's pace and learning curve have been impressive to date; he's run near the front all year and recently qualified 3rd at Richmond. There's no doubt this kid is quick. We have been working with University Loft, one of our sponsors, in establishing many new distribution networks in the U.S. and Internationally. University Loft distribution partners in Europe and the UK are very excited and have been instrumental in creating this opportunity for Mark and the Access Motorsports Team," said Ray.

"Away from the cockpit temporarily, I have decided to focus my time and energy on the business that will ensure our growth to be a healthy and competitive two-car program for 2005. I look forward to building the personal working relationship with Mark very quickly, as we could be teammates next season. We know Mark has the raw talent, that is without question. With awesome Honda engines and the G Force chassis, we know we have the best tools for Mark to continue his winning ways he demonstrated when dominating last years IPS Series," concluded Ray.

Mark Taylor --

"I am delighted to be back in the IRL with Access Motorsports for the rest of this season. I have already had my seat fitting and the team is very committed to achieving some good results in the nine races we have left to run. I am very excited to run the

Honda-powered G-Force chassis for the rest of the year and I would like to thank Greg Ray very much for this opportunity. I'm totally re-energized and focused on winning the Rookie of the Year Title," stated Taylor.

Mark will also be re-united with his lucky car number 13, the number that he ran with as an 8-year-old in Cadet karting, through to his Formula Ford successes of 2000.

Access MotorSports and Greg Ray sponsorship team partners include Renovac, Capgemini, University Loft and Panasonic Toughbook Computers.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Taylor , Greg Ray , Ed Carpenter