The 2009 racing season is open and Zach Taylor has signed with Tim Steele in order to be in the hunt for Super Late Model racing's biggest trophies. Taylor, who finished fifth in the 2008 Champion Racing Association (CRA) points chase will be behind the wheel of Steele's red #16 Chevrolet sponsored by River Hills Lodge, a 16,000-acre hunting complex located in South Dakota.
According to Steele, Taylor will race in a selected number of CRA events with an eye aimed at bagging the limit of big Super Late Model events during and toward the end of the season.
“We are going to practice a lot and race in several CRA events plus we are planning on running a few Blizzard Series races in preparation for the Snowball Derby,” Steele said. “We'll also run in the All American at the Nashville Fairgrounds. And there'll be a few Outlaw Late Model events with Zach driving for us.”
Both Taylor and Steele expressed their optimism about the team's chances for success in tracking down Super Late Model racing's most prominent trophies this season.
“I'm really excited about Tim asking me to drive for his team,” Taylor, a native of Hartsville, Tennessee, said. “First off, he's three-time ARCA champion Tim Steele and everybody has heard of him, so it's certainly great to be associated with him. But, it's a lot more than just his name. He has the knowledge, the equipment and the resources to be successful. The name is great, but Tim can back it all up when it comes to successfully building and campaigning racecars. I'm really looking forward to working with him this season.”
Taylor will graduate from Middle Tennessee State University shortly after his first scheduled start for Steele on May 3rd at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville. His plans for entering law school later this year could be postponed for up to a year.
“I'm really passionate about racing and I'm anxious to do well and give it my all this season,” he said. “I know we have a team capable of winning races, so that is my focus right now.”
Steele said Taylor brings a lot to the River Hills Lodge team and he is extremely pleased to have him as the team's driver.
“I believe that about 97% of a team's success has to do with chemistry,” he commented. “I know that we'll work well together. With Zach as our driver, we have the final piece we need to get wins and bag the trophies.”
Steele said he became aware of Taylor's driving talent during last season when he watched Taylor come close to winning several races.
“Zach had some good finishes but I feel he could have won a couple of races except mechanical problems and other things kept him out of victory lane,” Steele said. “I think we can win some races this year. If I didn't think we could win with Zach as our driver, I wouldn't have called him. Every time you leave the shop heading for a race, you have to know you can win. With our equipment, our knowledge and our team, I know we can win races this season.”