Mexico City Race Marks 2 Firsts for Danny Taylor
Longtime Charlotte Motor Speedway employee Danny Taylor and the Nationwide Insurance Jet Dryer he built from the ground up have dried race tracks across the country, but the greatest adventure for man and machine may come during their March 6 visit to Mexico City.
Taylor and the track jet dryer will be at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course Sunday, March 6, when the NASCAR Busch Series runs its first race outside the United States.
"I packed a case of water and a case of crackers, so I should be in good shape," Taylor said with a laugh.
A highly skilled fabricator, Taylor has worked in the Charlotte Motor Speedway operations department since 1983, but the Mexico City trip marks two firsts for the Watertown, N.Y., native. It¿s the first time he's been to Mexico and the first time he¿s used the jet dryer on a road course.
"It's the same job, just instead of going in circles I'll go left and right," Taylor explained. "I've worked with the NASCAR officials for a long time and, as long as I stay close to the hotel and don't drink the water, I'm sure it will be just like any other trip to a race track."
While Taylor will fly to Mexico City, the jet dryer's journey to The City of Palaces is a bit more complicated.
The dryer was loaded onto a flat bed tractor-trailer Tuesday, Feb. 22, joining a NASCAR fire truck. The tractor-trailer then headed to Laredo, Texas, where it will meet several additional NASCAR safety vehicles following the Feb. 27 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at California Speedway. The entire group will convoy the final 725 miles to Mexico City.
The Mexico trip serves as a pre-season test of sorts for Taylor and the Nationwide Insurance Jet Dryer, making sure all systems are working properly for the May NASCAR events at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Tickets for all May events, including the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on May 21 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29, can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or visiting www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.