Tayla
Orleans

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18 years old 11th year racing, drive in the Whelen All American Series for Revolution Racing, raced go-karts, Allison Legacy cars, and in the PASS

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Birthday: June 29, 1993
Hometown: Wrentham, Massachusetts
Residence: Charlotte, North Carolina
Years of Racing: 10

I began racing go-karts at the age of 7. Out of 120 races, I received 92 top 5’s with 31 wins. In 2004, I had a tight race for the championship but in the end, I came out on top. I competed at F1 Boston in Braintree, Massachusetts in Group 1A. This is the top group for the Junior League and encompasses 13 to 17 year olds. I was eleven years old when I won, and I was the only female. When I started in stock cars, I had over 200 races in go-karts. I still go to the go-kart tracks every now and then to practice and still put up the fast laps.

At age 12, I completed my rookie season and I had 14 race starts in the Allison Legacy Series with my highest finish being second place at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York. During the season, I won five first place heat runs. At the national race in Florence, South Carolina, I qualified 15th out of 27 drivers. A mechanical failure forced an early departure on lap 170 of 200 while I was vying for 5th position. I finished 18th for the day. I completed the season by finishing seventh in championship points despite not running a complete race season in the New England circuit. I was also the youngest of eighteen drivers, and the only female.

In my veteran season in 2005, I showed that I was a force to contend with. On April 2, I won the feature at Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut. I became the youngest driver in the Speedbowl’s history to win a stock car feature. On May 27, I won the feature at the half-mile track - Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York. I was the first repeat driver in the North Series. I concluded my season in the north by taking my third win - again at Waterford Speedbowl.

In November of 2006, I completed an Advanced Driving Course for Late Models at Finish Line Racing School in New Smyrna, Florida. It was there that Mike Loescher, founder of the school, said that I have what it takes and that I'm ready to advance to bigger things.

I continued my successful ways in 2007 by winning 4 races. I earned third place in the Allison Legacy North Series Championship. While racing the full northern series, I was able to compete in select national races. 2008 found me competing in the entire National Allison Legacy Series.

In the 2008 season, I finished 8th in the Allison Legacy Touring Series Championship. I had 13 top ten finishes, 6 top fives, and a win at the North/South Shootout in Adirondack Motorsports Park in Lowville, New York. I qualified in the top 5 seven times out of 20 races.

I moved up into the Pro All Stars South Super Late Model Series in 2009. I was excited to see what I could do in the larger car. In my first race, I qualified 12th and had a mechanical failure that ended my night early. All throughout the season, I proved that I could run up front with the other larger budget teams and gained a lot of respect. My best finish in 2009 was 6th at Hickory Motor Speedway.

In 2010, I once again competed in the PASS Series. My highest finish was 9th place at Dillon Motor Speedway. Throughout the season, I had a real fast car every race. But mechanical failures and getting caught up in someone else's mess seemed to end most of my nights short. The highlight of this season was being invited to NASCAR's Drive for Diversity Testing and Evaluation Combine presented by Sunoco in October. I had such a great experience testing the late models and working with everyone at Revolution Racing. I definitely learned a lot about the late models during the racing academy that they held at Hickory Motor Speedway in early December also. While racing for Revolution Racing this season in the Late Model Stock, I know that I will be able to use what I learned from the driving school to race competitively.

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Kingsport Speedway

June 3, 2011

Friday night, I was back at one of my favorite tracks, Kingsport! I was ready for to see how the race would go coming off of the fifth place finish last time. Like my last Kingsport race, the car was great in practice. I was a little nervous about qualifying but the car handled great and I ended up sixth, my best qualifying effort yet. This track is hard to run the outside groove so once I got to the inside, I was on the move to the front. I got all the way up to third when the car started getting loose and I dropped back to fifth position. We decided to come down pit road under one of the cautions to make a change but by the time I got back out on the track, the leaders were coming to the green. It took them quite a while for them to run me down but with the car still being real loose, I got lapped and there were no other cautions after that so I ended up finishing ninth. There was no doubt that I had a fast car and even with it not handling well, I was still keeping up with the leaders. After looking into the car more after the race, we found out that there was a mechanical failure with the rear end, causing the car to be loose. Next week, I'm scheduled to run at Hickory. It's been quite a while since I have ran there and I'm definitely looking forward to getting back to the track! I would like to thank God, Revolution Racing, Max Siegel, John Story, Jefferson Hodges, Danny Johnson, Toyota, TRD, U.S. Army, WIX Filters, Sunoco, and Freightliner for making this opportunity possible!

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Tayla Orleans of Randleman, N.C., will race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. From age 7, she recorded 31 victories and 92 top-fives in her first 120 races. Since that time, she has won numerous karting championships and honors that include becoming the youngest stock-car winner in the history of Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl history.

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