IPS: Mark Taylor wins Homestead season opener

Miami, Fla. -- Rookie Mark Taylor won this morning's Infiniti Pro Series Western Union 100 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Taylor, a two-time British Formula 3 winner with Manor Motorsports, led all but 10 laps of the 67-lap race en route to his...

Miami, Fla. -- Rookie Mark Taylor won this morning's Infiniti Pro Series Western Union 100 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Taylor, a two-time British Formula 3 winner with Manor Motorsports, led all but 10 laps of the 67-lap race en route to his first Infiniti Pro Series win.

"I can't believe I've won my first race," Taylor said. "It's my first race on an oval; first win on an oval. I can't say much more than that. The car was so good. I was just happy to finish the 67 laps, and most of them in the lead. It's a great feeling to win the first race this year."

Pole sitter and South American Formula 3 veteran Thiago Medeiros, another rookie, finished second, 1.286 seconds behind Taylor.

"It's a very nice place to start the season," Medeiros said. "It is a very competitive series. It is most fun and a big, big show. Today is my dream."

Taylor, who started second, led from the start, but slowed briefly on lap 23, allowing two-time Barber Dodge Pro Series champion Jeff Simmons to take the lead. Ten laps later, however, Simmons spun on the backstretch, handing the lead back to Taylor, who led the rest of the way.

"It was a great start to the race," Taylor added. "I was able to get out front. The car felt really good at the beginning. Through the race, I picked up a bit of understeer. I think the wind might have picked up. I just tried to settle down and keep the car in good shape."

Brandon Erwin, who started eighth, finished third, followed by Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of two-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, and former Formula Ford 2000 competitor Jonathan Urlin.

The race featured three cautions for 10 laps; all three drivers walked away unharmed.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Mark Taylor , Arie Luyendyk , Brandon Erwin , Jonathan Urlin , Thiago Medeiros