Ricky Taylor Claims Second In Ninth Annual Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-Out Altamonte Springs, Florida (January 16, 2005) -- Ricky Taylor continued his steak of success during his first year racing cars by finishing second at this ...
Ricky Taylor Claims Second In Ninth Annual Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-Out
Altamonte Springs, Florida (January 16, 2005) -- Ricky Taylor continued his steak of success during his first year racing cars by finishing second at this weekend's ninth annual Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-out at Sebring International Raceway, earning Taylor a fully paid seat in one of the four Skip Barber Regional Race Series championships."This was such an amazing competition and I'm thrilled I did so well," said Taylor, son of endurance racing champion Wayne Taylor. "There were so many talented drivers out there. To take second out of 60 of the top up-and-comers is really an honor."
Taylor competed with 58 fellow drivers, including his younger brother, Jordan, over three days in 21 separate on-track sessions for $115,000 in scholarship prizes. The drivers were evaluated by a panel of judges on speed, judgment and personal presentation, the abilities the expert panel viewed as most likely to assist the budding racers in climbing the motorsports ladder.
On Friday, Taylor and the other competitor's abilities were gauged in autocross and skid pad events in performance street cars, and in a 25-minute session on Sebring International Raceway's two-mile ''Modified'' circuit. The driver evaluations continued on Saturday as Taylor completed three sessions on the circuit, each time in a different Dodge R/T 2000 than previously used.In Sunday's morning session, Taylor recorded the ninth fastest time, a 1:16.7, before being selected as one of eleven finalists by the judges. The finalists were given one more chance to display their talent, allowing Taylor to make his last impression, an obvious positive one as he claimed second amongst the field of 59. "This is unbelievable," exclaimed Ricky's excited father, 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Champion Wayne Taylor. "I'm so proud of Ricky. I thought he could make the top ten, but I knew the chances of making the top three would be really tough. This is so great for his confidence."
Taylor's success won him a paid seat in one of the Skip Barber Regional Race Series championships, a $20,000 prize, while first-place finisher Alexander Rossi won a paid seat in the Skip Barber National series. Four others won scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $15,000.
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 Sonny's BBQ, Arai Helmets, OMP, Now and Later and StarPort USA.
The Skip Barber Southern Regional Series features identical 2.0-liter Dodge R/T 2000 cars. Taylor next competes in the series on February 18-19 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida.