Scott Taylor (conceived September 15, 1955)is a resigned American expert rough terrain dashing driver from Belvidere, Illinois. His off-road racing career began in 1974 with buggies and reached its zenith in the Pro2 class, the most prestigious two-wheel-drive truck class. After the 2013 Traxxas TORC Series (TORC) Heavy Metal race at Crandon, he stopped driving.
Taylor came out on top for titles during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s in the series that endorsed rough terrain hustling in the Midwestern US. He won championships in the Short-course Off-Road Drivers Association (SODA), SCORE International, ESPN PRO Series, Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR), and World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR). In addition, he won a number of other events.
Between 1999 and 2004, Taylor won six Pro 2 championships in a row in CORR. In 2002, he won the Heavy Metal Challenge (now the AMSOIL Cup) world championship race at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway as the first two-wheel-drive truck winner; In 2008, he won the contest again.
For the majority of his professional career, Taylor raced with Ford Motor Company vehicles. In 1995, Taylor joined the “Ford Rough Riders” group near the end of their five-year promotion. He used Roush Racing (later Roush-Yates) engines as a professional driver.
With a limited budget, Taylor raced as a privateer racer, and his family is on his pit crew. Kellie, his wife, is in charge of the team; He has Karlie and Hannah as daughters.
|Born||September 15, 1955|
|Traxxas TORC Series|
|Best finish||4th in 2009|
ESPN Pro Series
|WSORR Pro-2 (2007)|
CORR PRO-2 (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
SODA Class 8 (1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997)
SODA Class 7s (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993)
ESPN Pro Series Class 8 (1993)
ESPN Pro Series Class 7s (1993)
|1994 SODA Sportsman of the Year|
1993 SODA Driver of the Year & Best Pit Appearance
1992 Ford/SODA Hard Charging Award
Early career: 1970s and 1980s
When Taylor was a kid, he got involved in motorsports. He stated, “I was hopping up my dad’s lawn mower to make it mow faster when I was 6 years old” in an interview with the Rockford Register Star in 2012. In 1972, one year before he graduated from high school, he began racing off-road Volkswagen buggies.
In 1974, Taylor competed in his first off-road race at the Lake Geneva Raceway, near his hometown of Belvidere, in the Indian Summer Sprints. Taylor won the 4×4 Unlimited Memorial Day Challenge of Champions Showdown in 1979. The Florida 400 Challenge of Champions Showdown was his second victory. He won the four-wheel championship at the Montreal Olympic Stadium in 1981, which he repeated in 1982.
Taylor made the switch to unlimited buggy in 1983, and he went on to win the 1983 and 1984 SCORE International Riverside International Raceway Class 2 championships. He likewise got hustling going street trucks in 1984. Taylor ended the decade by winning the mini-pickup truck championship in the 1989 SODA Class 7s.
The 2010s and retirement
In 2010, Taylor continued competing in TORC. Taylor was on the podium on Saturday of the final Crandon weekend until his truck broke late in the race. By the middle of the first lap on Sunday, he used the land rush start to begin the race in third place, a position he maintained throughout the entire race.
Taylor participated in all rounds in 2011, with the exception of the final weekend at Cycle Ranch near Floresville, Texas. Highlights of the season include finishing second at RedBud MX on Sunday and second at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. In terms of TORC Pro 2WD points, Taylor placed seventh.
Taylor announced that he would retire in 2013 during the 2012 season. He only competed in four TORC weekends that season at Crandon, Bark River, and Chicagoland Speedway. On the first Crandon weekend (June), he led the Sunday race until the very end. Taylor would finish on the podium at each of the three tracks. Taylor came in fourth and third at Bark River, third at the Saturday Chicagoland race, and second at Crandon. After participating in seven of the fourteen races, Taylor came in ninth in terms of points.
Crandon Worldwide Rough terrain Raceway granted him 2012, Jack Flannery Grant. He was the second person to receive the honor.
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