Ricky Taylor Races at First Skip Barber National At VIR Alton, Virginia (April 23, 2006) -- Ricky Taylor, son of endurance racing champion Wayne Taylor, competed in his first National event in the Skip Barber National Presented by RACER at ...
Ricky Taylor Races at First Skip Barber National At VIR
Alton, Virginia (April 23, 2006) -- Ricky Taylor, son of endurance racing champion Wayne Taylor, competed in his first National event in the Skip Barber National Presented by RACER at Virginia International Raceway, April 22-23. Additionally, Ricky's father is also racing at VIR this weekend in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race.
"We chose to do this race weekend because my Dad could help me with the set-up and the competitiveness of learning the track," said the 16-year-old Ricky. "It turned out to be a good decision because it's helped me out a lot. It's a bit of a relief for me that he stays out of it (his racing), but helps me at the same time. It works out good."
"With all the traveling I do with my racing and both Ricky and Jordan (his 14-year-old son) racing in karts and Skip Barber, I'm usually one place and they're someplace else. This weekend we are both racing here at the same time and it's nice for us," said the elder Taylor, defending 2005 Grand American champion. "It's probably a little more difficult for him because he has to perform, but as long as he's happy, I'm happy. He's already done very well this weekend for his first time here and his first National event. I hope with all the years of racing, I can give Ricky some good advice, but once they get in the car and close the visor, they are on their own."
Ricky qualified eighth for Saturday's 30-minute Skip Barber Pro Series race and finished fifth. The rain-soaked race saw many cars go off circuit and only 12 out of 20 finished the challenging race. He then qualified fourth for today's 30-minute sprint and got mixed up with the leaders when trying to make a pass for third. He finished 15th in the second round.
"I had a good start, but got caught up with the two guys in front of me when they came together," said Ricky, a high school student in Apopka, Florida. "All in all, it was a good weekend. I especially learned a lot in the race in the rain. I always learn every weekend at the Skip Barber event."
Ricky won the opportunity to race here this weekend after finishing second in the Ninth Annual Skip Barber Scholarship Shootout at Sebring International Raceway earlier this year. The $20,000 scholarship he was awarded went towards the racing fees for this weekend's race.
In his first year driving cars, Taylor has already claimed two victories, three pole positions and has finished on the podium three times. His sponsors include SunTrust, Sonny's BBQ, Now and Later Candy, StarPort USA, Arai Helmets, and OMP.
The Skip Barber Southern Regional Series features identical 2.0-liter Dodge R/T 2000 cars. Ricky is in the process of solidifying future Skip Barber races.