Ricky Taylor transitioned from one of sports car racing’s most successful teams to a championship organization building a winning program from the ground up in 2018. Taylor made the tough decision to leave his family’s championship team to join the newly-formed No. 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 Prototype competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship last season.
What a pairing it turned out to be. Taylor, the son of sports car champion Wayne Taylor, gave Acura Team Penske the first win in team history when he and co-driver Helio Castroneves took the checkered flag in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Castroneves placed the No. 7 Acura on the pole position and Taylor took the checkered flag in a historic 1-2 finish for the team. With the victory, Taylor became the 50th driver to visit Victory Lane for Roger Penske’s organization. Both Taylor and Castroneves will return to the No. 7 Acura this season with Alexander Rossi – winner of the 100th Indianapolis 500 – joining them for the series’ endurance races.
The 28-year-old Taylor joined Team Penske following a dream 2017 season racing with his younger brother, Jordan, for the family-owned Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) organization. The season brought unprecedented success for the Taylors as they opened with back-to-back victories in the two most prestigious races on the schedule, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Those victories were followed by three more consecutive wins on the Streets of Long Beach, the Circuit of the Americas and the Streets of Belle Isle in Detroit. The record five straight victories to open a season, combined with two podium finishes at Road America and Laguna Seca Raceway, gave the brothers all they needed to secure their first series championship.