Mark Taylor (racing driver)

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Mark Taylor (born 16 December 1977 in Wimbledon, England) is a racing driver who drove in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. He drove in the 2004 season for two different teams.

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor, racing driver (2005) (61843504).jpg
Taylor in 2003
Nationality Great Britain
Born (1977-12-16) 16 December 1977 (age 42)
Wimbledon, England
Retired2004
IRL IndyCar Series
Years active2004
TeamsPanther Racing
Access Motorsports
Starts15
Wins0
Poles0
Best finish17th in 2004
Infiniti Pro Series
Years active2003
TeamsPanther Racing
Starts11
Wins7
Poles3
Best finish1st in 2003
Previous series
2001-2002

1999-2000

1999-2000
British Formula Three Championship
European Formula Ford Championship
Formula Ford Great Britain
Championship titles
2003
2000
1997
Infiniti Pro Series
European Formula Ford Championship
Formula Ford UK Winter Series

Taylor began racing in Formula Ford in his native Britain, winning the 1997 Winter Championship. He finished 8th in the main championship in 1999 while also finishing 4th in European Formula Ford that year. He won the 2000 European championship and was also runner-up in the British championship.

Taylor moved to the British Formula Three Championship in 2001 and finished 9th. The following year he captured his first win and finished 7th in points.

In 2003 Taylor moved to the American Infiniti Pro Series. He dominated the field, winning 7 of the 12 races in the season driving the #4 car for the Fulmar Panther team. He graduated to the IndyCar Series driving the #2 for Team Menard in 2004. However, while showing good speed, particularly in qualifying, he struggled to adapt to the top series. He was involved in accidents in five of his six starts (including the Indy 500) before he was dropped in favor of Townsend Bell.

After missing only one race, he was drafted by Greg Ray's Access Motorsports to drive the #13 car. He was unable to repeat his qualifying performances from earlier in the season but showed maturity in the car to finish 7 of his 9 races for Access with a best finish of 7th place.

Having failed to secure a drive for 2005, Taylor has left motor racing and is now living back home in England with his wife Vanessa and daughter Savannah.

Racing recordEdit

Complete American Open Wheel Racing resultsEdit

(key)

Infiniti Pro SeriesEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2003 Panther Racing HMS
1
PHX
1
INDY
3
PPIR
5
KAN
1
NSH
1
MIS
1
STL
9
KTY
DNS
CHI
1
FON
1
TXS
14
1st 482

IRL IndyCar SeriesEdit

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2004 Panther Racing Dallara IR-04 Chevrolet Indy V8 HMS
19
PHX
12
MOT
16
INDY
30
TXS
17
RIR
18
KAN 17th 232
Access Motorsports G-Force GF09B Honda HI4R V8 NSH
7
MIL
14
MIS
21
KTY
19
PPIR
14
NZR
22
CHI
17
FON
10
TX2
7

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
A.J. Foyt IV
Infiniti Pro Series Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Thiago Medeiros