Mitchell Taylor

Mitchell’s passion in life has been racing for as long as he can remember. At 8 years old he and his father passed by a local Karting track and that was the beginning of an incredible journey with the amazing highs and lows that come with racing.  Mitchell has an extremely easy going personality on the outside, but inside he is one of the most competitive people you will ever meet. He can’t stand to lose.  Whether you challenge him to a back flip contest into the lake, a game of bowling or Scrabble, you would think it was the Superbowl playing against him.  He plays to win.  This carries over to the racetrack, when he puts that helmet on and straps into the car, it is game on!  His competitive nature fuels his determination to succeed in one of the most difficult sports to find it in. And that determination has been tested through the years.

Mitchell is an Eagle Scout.  He started taking college classes at the local University when he was 15 years old.  When he graduated with honors from High School 3 years later, he had taken enough credits to graduate with his 2 year Associate of Science degree from Dixie State University.  He was a captain and 4 year letterman on his High School Wrestling Team.  He is a Mechanical Engineering major at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.  He works full time at the TeamSLR race shop.

In 2003 Mitchell raced in his first competitive race. He was 8 years old. He started in the Jr. 4 cycle class. He won rookie of the year honors in his first year racing go-karts. He took 2nd in points among 12 drivers.  His consistency was amazing but his first win eluded him. In 2004 that changed. He ran two classes in 2004.Jr. 4 cycle Go Karts as well as the faster 2-cycle class. Now 10 years old he took 1st in points among 20 drivers in the 4 cycle class with 26 wins in 32 races and 1st in points in the 2 cycle class with 33 wins in 36 races with 18 drivers in the class.  

This was his first taste of winning and it proved to start a fire within him that would not go out.

In late 2004 a NASCAR K&N West driver visited the track and after seeing Mitchell race approached Mitchell’s parents and told him that they needed to get him into Stock Car racing. In 2005 Mitchell’s parents moved the family to Santa Clara, Utah, approximately 90 min. driving distance from Las Vegas Motor Speedway to start racing ovals and get moving toward Stock Car racing.  He sold his Karts and bought a Bandolero Car and got his feet wet on a road course in Las Vegas. In the Winter Road Course Series, he had 1 – 2nd , 2 – 3rds, 2 – 4ths, 1 DNF in 6 races among 18 competitors. In 2005 he raced in his first oval race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring. He finished 3rd in points with average car counts of 16 cars. In 2006, in the Bandoleros he became the Nevada and Utah State Champion. Car Counts in Las Vegas are one of the highest in the country in Bandolero’s with 28 competitors on average. In 20 races, Mitch had 9 wins, 20 top 5 finishes. No DNF’s. Mitchell had the highest per race average points total in the entire country.

In 2007 Mitchell moved into INEX Legends at LVMS. He finished Third in Points in his division. He had 2 wins with average car counts that were highest in the country at 24+. In he was invited to race for David Ragan’s legend racing team. He raced 9 out of 10 weeks in INEX Legends at Lowes Motor Speedway. He had 3 top fives, 5 top tens, and 1 pole with hundreds of competitors.

In 2009 and 2010 he was ready to move to late models. A large nationwide sponsor was secured in late 2008, but in early 2009 they took out bankruptcy in a restructuring and could not sponsor Mitchell.  He had no seat time for 3 years but was working hard on sponsorship and networking during this time. He took advantage of the downtime to get his Eagle Scout award and finish 2 years of college while he was going to high school. He hooked up with the Boy Scouts of America and was introduced to Scott Lagasse Racing Development team through the BSA. He is currently in their development program which is considered one of the most comprehensive programs in the country, with Scott Lagasse Jr as his personal driver coach. He has tested in the Late Model Sportsman Dirt Car and will be running a full Dirt schedule in 2013.

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