In an industry as fast-paced as motorsports, one might think its participants would take as many steps away from as many racing activities as possible to prepare for their next event. Time and time again, however, that proves to not be the case.
Whether it’s an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team owner entering the most famous NASCAR race, a golden-hearted IMSA veteran competing in a triathlon, a motorsports superstar turning his first laps in a GT Le Mans car, a star on the rise taking an IndyCar for a spin mere weeks after capturing the biggest victory of his career, or any of the other countless examples, racing folk like to stay busy.
Most recently, Daytona International Speedway invited 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona overall winners Ricky and Jordan Taylor back to the stadium on Saturday, March 11 to give fans a behind the scenes look at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross race. The brothers toured the garages live on Facebook and took over Daytona’s Snapchat for the full event.
“It was cool of them to include us in that,” said Ricky Taylor. “Daytona is our home track and we always love going there for any event. Supercross is quite an event, and to be able to see if from another perspective and share that with Daytona’s fans was special.
“There was plenty to do, so we walked around, checked the teams out and then headed up to the stadium to sit and watch,” he continued. “The whole night was a blast.”
Despite the lack of similarities between racing on two wheels and four, a driver’s mind never truly shuts off from the racing mindset. Despite being a different style of competition compared to the WeatherTech Championship, Jordan Taylor still finds significant enjoyment from watching the bikes.
“Daytona Supercross is always an awesome event,” he said. “I've been going now for the past three or four years, it's an awesome experience. It's super impressive to see what they can do on two wheels, and you learn a lot watching the different guys and how they attack different sections of the track. It looks like they're always adapting to the conditions and changing strategy on jumps.”
Daytona International Speedway lives up to its nickname of “The World Center of Racing” as the facility hosts NASCAR, Supercross, Global Rallycross events and more, all kicked off by IMSA’s Rolex 24 in late January.
“Daytona is a special place for anybody,” explained Ricky Taylor. “Racing series from around the world would love to be a part of that famous name, so it’s not a surprise to see world class series like IMSA, NASCAR, Supercross or all the others run there. It’s just such a great place to both race and watch. As a racer, I always wanted to have a win at Daytona, be it on the road course, the oval, or in the dirt.
Next up for the Taylor brothers on the sports car front is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, with the green flag dropping this Saturday, March 18 at 10:40 a.m. ET. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on FS1, with FOX Sports GO providing flag to flag coverage with FS1 authentication.
*Photo courtesy of Daytona International Speedway