Spirit Of Daytona Signs Ricky Taylor

Ricky Taylor will leave SunTrust Racing to join Spirit of Daytona Racing in 2013. (Grand-Am Photo)
Ricky Taylor will leave SunTrust Racing to join Spirit of Daytona Racing in 2013. (Grand-Am Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Spirit of Daytona Racing announced today that Ricky Taylor will be joining the SDR driver line-up for the entire 2013 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season.

Taylor will be driving the popular Blue No. 90 Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype along with returning Spirit of Daytona driver Richard Westbrook.

Taylor has established himself as a rising star and has been a standout in the top-tier Daytona Prototype division of Grand-Am. In three seasons of Grand-Am competition Taylor has earned 10 poles and seven wins driving for Wayne Taylor Racing. Taylor also finished second in the DP drivers’ standing the past two years.

Taylor will be leaving the familiar surroundings of Wayne Taylor Racing to join Troy Flis’s Spirit of Daytona Team. Like Taylor, the SDR team is also on the rise and has just completed a very successful campaign in the 2012 season. The SDR team finished the season third in the Championship points standings and top Corvette DP.

“After three great years with the SunTrust team, I have learned an incredible amount and am extremely thankful for the time that I had with the team. I am also looking forward to the opportunity to drive for Troy Flis and the Spirit of Daytona team as they have proven to be a top team and I anticipate some great results and learning a lot from all of the guys including Richard who I have watched race for many years,” Taylor said.

“We are all looking forward to working with Ricky this season. His win at Lime Rock confirmed what we already knew regarding his abilities in the car.” said Flis. “Ricky will join Richard Westbrook in the car full time and will be joined by Antonio Garcia at the Rolex 24 and the Six Hour at Watkins Glen.”