DAYTONA USA Honors Local Go-Kart Racer

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Michael Taylor is now sharing space on the DAYTONA USA floor with 2006 Daytona 500 champion Jimmie Johnson.

On Wednesday, Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig inducted the Holly Hill, Fla., racer's go-kart inside the "Official Attraction of NASCAR" for a year.

DAYTONA USA, which is home to the winning Daytona 500 car, also annually honors the most successful go-kart competitors of Daytona KartWeek by Cometic Gasket by displaying their winning go-karts.

In the 2005 edition of Daytona KartWeek by Cometic Gasket, the 16-year-old Taylor was the most successful karting competitor in the dirt track events at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium.

In five dirt track events at Municipal Stadium, Taylor, who attends high school at Warner Christian, won two races, posted a second-place finish and two fourth-place finishes.

"I'm very proud," said Taylor, who was joined by his parents Buddy and Helen for the ceremony. "It's a great honor."

Taylor, who also received season passes to DAYTONA USA from Braig for his accomplishments, credits his parents for a lot of his success.

"Mom and Dad do everything for me," Taylor said. "Dad works on (the kart) all during the week. Mom gets everything ready for me and gets the kart cleaned. I wouldn't be able to do anything without them."

Daytona KartWeek by Cometic Gasket returns to DIS on March 30-April 1. For more information, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.racetickets.com.

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