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Jordan Taylor and IMSA racers head to 24 Hour kart race after Daytona.

Published By Chris Endurance Karting     January 31, 2017    
From the world-famous Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona to twice-around-the-clock in a go-kart, IMSA star Jordan Taylor is up for any challenge racing presents.


Author Michael Brundenell
Photographer: Perry Herndon

Jordan’s next stop: Florida’s Bushnell Motorsports Park, where he will run in the 2017 edition of the “24 Hours of America” endurance karting event with the Simcraft outfit Feb. 18-19.

In the past Ricky has joined Jordan in the “24 Hours of America,” the pair running together at Daytona in 2015 and finishing in the lead pack to winners Detroit Rock City. Prior commitments will force Ricky to miss Bushnell but Jordan will participate.

“I will be there with Simcraft again,” confirmed Taylor at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week. “In fact, I tested my shifter kart at Bushnell a couple weeks ago. It will be nice to get back to the track.”

Taylor admits he “just loves to race” and competing in North America’s sole outdoor 24-hour karting event is too good to miss.

“Any time I can drive something is fun,” said Taylor. “Endurance Karting races are a blast. Not only are you driving a lot of the time, you get to talk to good people out of the kart. It’s a great social event at the same time.”

Jordan and Ricky have raced around the globe including in the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car classic and at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, where they have won in Corvettes multiple times. But running karts through the day and night and into the next morning?

“You’ll get into a battle for 50 laps at 3 in the morning, often in a train of karts,” said Jordan. “You have to drive close to the limit every lap. You have to figure how to make that work. It’s just a fun challenge and you got to figure it out.”

Jordan said he is surprised by the ability of his fellow drivers in the “24 Hours of America.”

“I’m shocked at just how good they are,” said Taylor. “On hard tires and identically prepared karts – these guys are just super competitive. You have a lot of levels of experience in the field, but everybody just has a crack at it and a great time.”

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