The feeling of adrenaline pumping through your veins, sweat rolling down your face and the sound of the engine echoing in your ear. To most people these emotions and sounds would be hard for them to handle but for avid racer JT Taylor its just another day at the office.
On Friday, February 7, 2014, JT Taylor, a retired First Sergeant and a Bronze Star recipient, achieved an incredible accomplishment by marking his eighth (8th) green flag of the season at the now internationally known Griffin King of the Hammers.
Taylor is the only racer on the lakebed that has taken all green flags while driving the same trusty-worthy car at seven (7) out of (8) events. “We just went out and had fun the first time, and I am still doing the same,” said Taylor. “My car is the original ‘Ol Blue with some medications chaining to King Shocks and BFGoodrich Tires along the way.”
Everyone knows it takes more than the car to dominate on the lakebed like Taylor has done this season. It takes skills, confidence and hard work to have a huge turn around, after finishing in 12th place the previous season.
Taylor’s co-driver and sidekick, Doug Nagy, was in the same seat for the third year in a row. Taylor and Nagy communicate well together and its been proven on the lakebed.
This years King of the Hammers race ended earlier than they wanted it to; they had to make a Pit2A near RM91. The transmission cooler was dying and when the transmission was under inspection, it was noticed the right motor mount had broken and the left motor mount had completely sheered off.
Taylor’s last race was as a Crew Chief for the Pat Simms Class 7 #717 at the SCORE San Felipe 250. Taylor’s last driving event was the NORRA Mexican 1000 last May.
We at Rigid Industries LED Lighting are very proud of Taylor and his recent accomplishment. Keep up the hard work and show the world why Rigid is built to be seen!
Here is a little bit more information about the resurgent JT Taylor.
JT Taylor is the epitome of “been there, done that”. A retired First Sergeant who returned from the Iraq conflict with a Bronze Star, Taylor uses the skills that he honed as a soldier to manage multiple racing teams needs. His strategic and mechanical capabilities have served him well in Crew Chief positions with Brad Lovell, winning the 2012 TORC pro light championship, Speed Technologies, Shannon Campbell, Dirt Sports, Chris Kemps Trophy truck, Mike Palmers Trophy truck and SuperLite #16 race teams.
He was the Crew Chief for Speed Technologies 2008 Class 1 Baja 1000 win, 2009 Baja 500 Torchmate Racing finish, and co-drove and was crew for the 2009 Baja 1000 and the 2010 and 2011 NORRA 1000 win. It would be foolish to think that Taylor is only handy with a wrench, he is just as comfortable behind the wheel. JT Taylor is one of the original thirteen competitors of King of the Hammers who has raced every year, winning the 2011 Torchmate Stampede, placing 3rd at the 2011 Ultra4 Grand Prix and 12th at the 2013 King of the Hammers.
JT Taylor consistently held a top ten position in XORRA for five years and is the two-year reigning champion of the XORRA Germany Series. He is the 3 time Colorado Hill Climb Association Ultra4 Champion and made history as the first Ultra4 competitor to run Pikes Peak, where he won the Exhibition class in 2010 and was 2nd in the Pikes Peak Open Class in 2011. JT Taylor added a 2012 NORRA 1000 win to his resume including the respect of being the first Rock Buggy to join the race. JT Taylor is the person you want on your team.
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