Ricky Taylor Wins Skip Barber Championship Daytona Beach, Florida (April 15, 2007) -- Ricky Taylor, the 17-year-old up-and-coming racer and son of sports car champion Wayne Taylor, won his first car racing championship this weekend with ...
Ricky Taylor Wins Skip Barber Championship
Daytona Beach, Florida (April 15, 2007) -- Ricky Taylor, the 17-year-old up-and-coming racer and son of sports car champion Wayne Taylor, won his first car racing championship this weekend with the 2006-2007 Skip Barber Southern Series.
The oldest of two Taylor sons, Ricky competed in the 12-race Skip Barber Southern Series, beginning at Road Atlanta last November and completing this weekend at the famous Daytona International Raceway. He led the Series championship the entire season. Each event weekend consisted of two races with points awarded towards the championship.
The Skip Barber Southern Series season started off brilliantly for Ricky when he scored a triple-crown weekend at the inaugural Road Atlanta race, collecting the pole, two race victories and set a new track record. This elevated him to first in the points championship, a great start to the season. In December, at Sebring International Raceway, Ricky collected two podiums with third and second-place finishes. In January 2007, Ricky dazzled again by capturing the pole and two victories at Homestead/Miami Speedway. In February they returned to Sebring where another pole and two victories were awarded to the young champ. Last month at Moroso Motorsports Park, Ricky took two more podium finishes with double second-place awards. He had mathematically wrapped up the championship following Moroso and came to Daytona this weekend ready to officially earn the championship, and collected a third and fourth-place finish. An awards banquet and ceremony will be held tonight at Daytona USA to honor Ricky and the other competitors.
"I'm really excited to win my first car championship with the Skip Barber Southern Series," said Ricky, a high school junior in Orlando, Florida. "I hope to carry that momentum into the National Series, which will be my next racing challenge."
The teenage race driver, who got his start in go-karts, has already begun the challenge of the Skip Barber National Series. He sits second in the points after the first two of 14 races last month at Sebring, where he captured a pole, won one race and finished sixth in the other race after suffering electrical problems. His next Skip Barber National Series race will be at Virginia International Raceway on April 27-29, the same weekend that his father's No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley will compete in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race.
"This is a great step for Ricky in his early driving career," said proud father Wayne Taylor. "To get that first racing championship is a big thing. It helps your confidence and validates that maybe you do have the skills to carry on to the next level. It's not that I have picked this for his career, to follow me into racing. It is something that he wants to do and obviously has shown he has the talent to move forward. I'm happy to support him on his path in racing and see what happens."
Jordan Taylor, the younger son of two-time 24 Hours of Daytona winner Wayne Taylor, has competed in a couple of the Skip Barber Southern Series and collected several podium finishes. He begins the Skip Barber Eastern Series next weekend at VIR. The Series has seven weekend events, 14 races, between April and October. The fifteen-year-old Jordan recently won a $25,000 scholarship in the Skip Barber Shootout for go-karters.
"It is going to be a busy year for the Taylor family," said Wayne Taylor, whose SunTrust Racing team, with drivers Max Angelelli and Jan Magnussen, sits second in the 2007 Grand-Am Daytona Prototype championship after two third place finishes and one second-place result. "Between Ricky and Jordan's races in two different Skip Barber Series and my Grand-Am races, we'll all be getting lots of frequent flier miles. I'm very proud of the progress both boys are making in their racing careers. I'm as anxious as they are to see where it goes from here."
Sponsors for Ricky and Jordan's cars include Now and Later Candy, StarPort USA, SunTrust Bank, Arai Helmets, and OMP.