Mark Taylor (racing driver)

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Mark Taylor
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Taylor in 2003
Nationality  United Kingdom
Born (1977-12-16) December 16, 1977 (age 36)
Wimbledon, England
Retired 2004
IRL IndyCar Series
Years active 2004
Teams Panther Racing
Access Motorsports
Starts 15
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 17th in 2004
Infiniti Pro Series
Years active 2003
Teams Panther Racing
Starts 11
Wins 7
Poles 3
Best finish 1st 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

Mark Taylor (born December 16, 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.

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 what was perceived as a relatively weak 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 record[edit]

American Open Wheel[edit]

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IndyCar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2004 Panther Racing United States
HMS
19
United States
PHX
12
Japan
MOT
16
United States
INDY
30
United States
TXS
17
United States
RIR
18
United States
KAN
                  17th 232
Access Motorsports               United States
NSH
7
United States
MIL
14
United States
MIS
21
United States
KTY
19
United States
PPIR
14
United States
NZR
22
United States
CHI
17
United States
FON
10
United States
TX2
7

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