Ricky Taylor Wins Inaugural Skip Barber National Ricky Taylor won his first Skip Barber National Race this weekend at Sebring International Raceway, home of the historic 12 Hours of Sebring race. Friday’s race was only the second professional National race in the 17-year-old’s young racing career.
Ricky, son of sports car driving champion Wayne Taylor, will compete in 14 BFGoodrich Skip Barber National Series Presented by Mazda races over seven race weekends during the 2007 season. The event was held Friday, March 16th at Sebring International Raceway and was the inaugural race of the season.
The high school junior from Apopka, Florida started from the pole position and led every lap in today’s race. The 30-minute race featured one lengthy caution and many tight battles, especially on the restart.
“I got in a good battle with Timmy (Megenbier) early on,” said the young Taylor. “I was kind of worried it was going to come down to the last lap but I was lucky he got caught up in a battle at the end and I was able to get away for the last two laps.
“I think the restart was basically the turning point of the race,” Taylor added. “I defended my line down the inside and he went around the outside. We were side-by-side for a couple of corners. With three laps to go, I think, he went to the outside and we were side-by-side for a couple of corners through (Turns) One, Two and Three. We were going down to Turn Five together and he got boxed in there. Someone else passed him and he lost a lot of ground there.”
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