Ricky Taylor transitioned from one of sports car
racing's most successful teams to a championship organization building a
winning program from the ground up in 2018. Taylor made the tough decision to
leave his family's championship team to join the newly-formed No. 7 Acura Team
Penske ARX-05 Prototype competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship last season.
What a pairing it turned out to be. Taylor, the son of sports car champion Wayne Taylor, gave Acura Team Penske the first win in team history when he and co-driver Helio Castroneves took the checkered flag in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Castroneves placed the No. 7 Acura on the pole position and Taylor took the checkered flag in a historic 1-2 finish for the team. With the victory, Taylor became the 50th driver to visit Victory Lane for Roger Penske's organization. Both Taylor and Castroneves will return to the No. 7 Acura this season with Alexander Rossi - winner of the 100th Indianapolis 500 - joining them for the series' endurance races.
The 28-year-old Taylor joined Team Penske following a dream 2017 season racing with his younger brother, Jordan, for the family-owned Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) organization. The season brought unprecedented success for the Taylors as they opened with back-to-back victories in the two most prestigious races on the schedule, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Those victories were followed by three more consecutive wins on the Streets of Long Beach, the Circuit of the Americas and the Streets of Belle Isle in Detroit. The record five straight victories to open a season, combined with two podium finishes at Road America and Laguna Seca Raceway, gave the brothers all they needed to secure their first series championship.
After beginning his racing career at a young age in go-karts, Ricky Taylor contemplated a path to open-wheel racing before turning his attention to sports cars. His father provided an opportunity to race for his team in the 2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona for his first event and Taylor responded by helping the team to a fifth-place finish. He became a full-time sports car driver in 2009 and joined the Wayne Taylor Racing team one year later.
Taylor's first series victory came in 2010 at Lime Rock Park and he continued with the family team through the 2012 season before moving to the VISIT FLORIDA team as his brother took over his spot at WTR. Following WTR's championship season of 2013, Ricky Taylor moved back to team up with his younger brother for the first time. Between 2014-2016, the brothers combined for seven series victories, setting the stage for the magical 2017 championship season.
In 119 career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starts entering 2019, Taylor has produced 20 victories, 47 podium finishes and 22 pole positions. He owns three wins apiece at Lime Rock, Belle Isle and Long Beach.
An avid go-karter away from the IMSA track, Taylor resides in Lake Mary, Florida.
- 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype Champion
- Won five consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series races to start the 2017 season, including the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring
- Tested an IndyCar Series car for Team Penske on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course in February of 2017
- Finished fifth in the GTE AM class at the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans
- Became the 50th different driver to win for Team Penske with the 2018 victory at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course