|Taylor Gray, No. 17 Ford Performance Fusion|
Taylor Gray will be making his debut in the ARCA Menards Series this Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway since turning 15 on March 25. Gray plans to compete in the remaining Sioux Chief Showdown races, as well as the remaining ARCA Menards Series East races and a handful of West events. Last weekend, Gray made his first road course start at Utah Motorsports Campus in doubleheader 30-lap races. He finished fourth in the first race and ended up 11th in the second race after having to pit for a new battery while running fifth.
The No. 17 Ford Performance Fusion Gray will be racing has not been on track yet this season. Todd Gilliland raced it last year at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in the ARCA East race and finished third. Since Gray has never raced at LOR before, he has spent time on the Ford Performance simulator in Concord, N.C., and watched a lot of film of previous races there.
The Calypso Lemonade 200 will be live on MAVTV at 8 p.m. ET on Friday. The race will be 200 laps and 137 miles with breaks at, or near the conclusion of laps 70 and 140.
Gray on LOR: “I have a lot of confidence in my DGR-Crosley team going into my first race at Indy. While I was living in Indy working on my family’s NHRA drag cars, I would always ride by the short track and now being able to race there this Friday is really cool for me. My goal for the race is to be competitive and gain experience. There is a short practice session in the afternoon, so I think coming home with a top-five finish would be great.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!