Taylor Lynn Ferns
Born: December 12, 1995
Raced: 2003 – Present
 

Background:
Taylor Lynn Ferns was born in December of 1995 and currently lives in Shelby Twp., Michigan. She started racing when she was six years old and actively competed in Quarter Midgets from 2003 to 2007. During this time, she won over 100 feature races and set numerous track records. Ferns’ interest in motor sports continued to grow over the years and she soon began competing in Bandoleros, 600cc Micro Sprints, USAC Kenyon Midgets, and USAC Ford Focus, Midgets, and Sprint Cars. She had many top finishes, placing in the top five in all fifteen Bandolero races she participated in 2005, and boasting six feature wins in her 600cc Micro Sprint in 2007. In 2008, Ferns made history by becoming the first female to ever win a USAC Kenyon Midget Race. She made the record books again in 2009 when she became the first female to win a race at the Joliet Memorial Stadium in Illinois. She also had the most USAC wins in a single-season by a female that year. Ferns successfully balances her busy racing career with her schoolwork. She is currently a Junior at Lutheran High School in Macomb, Michigan and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Inspiration and Influences:

Ferns became involved with racing when she was very young. Her uncle used to compete in the ARCA series and it was due to him that she gained an early inte rest in the sport. When she was six years old, her dad began looking into racing for younger kids because one of their neighbors owned a Quarter Midget. He found a car for sale in Lansing, Michigan and he and Ferns drove up to see it. Ferns immediately fell in love with it. They purchased the car and she began racing just a few weeks later. Her career has continued to grow since then.

Life off the Track:
Ferns spends the majority of her time trying to balance her academics with her racing career. She was very involved with tap dancing and swimming when she was younger, and also played basketball and volleyball. When she is not studying, racing, or playing sports, she dedicates her time to working out and using her iRacing simulator.

Interesting Fact:
The #55 was chosen for most of Taylor's race cars in honor of the year her grandparents where married.

 

Racing Resume

2011 Highlights

  • USAC D1 Midget Champion
  • Ebay Motors Pace Award Winner
  • 1 Pavement Midget Win
  • Winningest Female Driver in USAC History

2010 Highlights

  • Received the 2010 Kara Hendrick Spirit Award for Outstanding Achievements
  • Completed Phase 2 of the Lyn St. James Driver Development Program
  • Youngest Female to Ever Win a Sprint Car Race
  • Youngest Racer to Ever Win a UMARA Midget Race
  • 2010 Spartan Speedway Sprint Car Rookie of the Year
  • 5 Pavement Sprint Car Wins
  • 2 Pavement Midget Wins

2009 Highlights

  • Most USAC Wins in a Single-Season by a Female
  • UMARA Ford Focus/Sportsman Champion
  • Joliet Memorial Stadium the Last Stand Ford Focus/Sportsman Feature Winner
  • 5 USAC Junior Focus wins on dirt
  • 1 USAC Junior Focus win on pavement
  • 4 UMARA Ford Focus/Sportsman Feature Wins

2008 Highlights

  • 2008 USAC Kenyon Midget Series Rookie of the Year
  • October 5th- Made USAC History for becoming the First Female to win in a USAC Kenyon Midget Series Race
  • May- 600cc Micro Sprint Feature win at I-96
  • March 1st- On Maximum Dirt website Taylor was voted in the Top 10 of Michigan’s preseason rankings voted on by racers/owners/fans. May and June voted #1 driver for the state of Michigan

2007 Accomplishments

  • 6 feature wins in 600cc Micro Sprint
  • Made the A- Main at the Tulsa Shootout with over 110 600’s in that class and finished 10th in the A-Main
  • Jan. 27th- A- Main win in her Quarter Midget in the Hvy. AA class at Columbus Indoors
  • April 21st- Won her heat and A- Main in her Quarter Midget Hvy. B class at MVQMRA

2006 Accomplishments

  • Taylor was voted Michigan Midgets Female Driver of the Year
  • 5/20- A-Main win Lt. AA Tri-City Series
  • 5/21- A- Main win Lt. AA Tri- City Series
  • 8/5- A-Main win Lt. B Tri- City Series
  • 8/6- A-Main win Lt. B Tri- City Series
  • 2006 Tri- City Series Lt. B Champion
  • 9/17- A-Main win Lt.160 MMRA

2005 Accomplishments

  • Bandoleros- Taylor raced 15 races between Michigan and Kentucky Motor Speedway and finished in the Top 5 in all of the races.
  • 12 A-Main wins in Quarter Midgets Sr. Stock class
  • 2005 Western Grands in Portland, Oregon Sr. Stock Track Record
  • 3rd place A- Main finish Western Grands
  • 2nd place finish Eastern Grands
  • MMRA Sr. Stock Champion

2004 Accomplishments

  • Tri- City Jr. Stock Quarter Midget Champion
  • MMRA Jr. Stock Champion
  • 3rd place A-Main finish Gasoline Alley

2003 Accomplishments

  • A-Main win in Jr. Novice at Columbus, OH Regional
  • A-Main win in Jr. Honda 50 lapper at MMRA

 

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