Taylor Harris hasn’t been racing for a long time, but the 27-year old is making the most of each and every time she gets behind the wheel.
by Russ Goodall
In just under two and a half seasons as a driver in the Ecostock class at Houston Motorsports Park, and in just her second full-time campaign, Harris has already found her way to victory lane.
Not bad for a hobby.
“We have put a lot of time and hard work into this career/hobby, and to have it paying off the way it is this season is incredibly rewarding,” Harris said.
The driver of the No. 717 Saturn for Firefly Racing, earned the very first win for a female driver in the Ecostock class at Speedfest when she took the checkered flag during HMP’s premier event this season.
“(The win) was incredibly important,” said Harris, who missed the season’s opening race. “And for our first win to be the biggest race of thee year – Speedfest – made it even more important. … Hopefully the wins will keep coming.”
And they have.
Since that monumental victory, Harris has already earned three more wins this season, the last coming the last time out at Double Oak Equipment NASCAR Night.
Those victories, combined with a second and three fourth place finishes have pushed the Pasadena, Texas, resident to the top of the points standings with 277 points.
And that is a place she is looking to stay.
“Consistency is the key for us,” said Harris, who holds a 3-point lead over Robert Henson. “We need to keep doing the best we can and be as consistent as we can to stay on top of the points.”
To do that, she will have to continue to rely on crew chief, and boyfriend, Mike Mecum, as well as Kevin Broussard, Scotty Mecum, Juergen Steiner, Michael Kourkoubes, Pete Kourkoubes and Jeff Evans.
If Harris and her team continue to gel over the second half of the 2013 season at Houston Motorsports Park, then her goals are definitely in reach.
“(My goals are to) win a championship this year and to always have fun and enjoy the season,” Harris said. “Having fun while racing is always very important to us.”
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