Friday, April 19, 2024

Taylor Holland: DragChamp Racer Spotlight

Taylor Holland is in this week’s DragChamp Racer Spotlight. Learn all about this DragChamp Pro Member in his spotlight below!

LEXINGTON, SC – Taylor Holland‘s journey into drag racing ignited at the age of 8 when he made his first pass down the drag strip in a Junior Dragster. Since that moment, he has remained devoted to the sport, transitioning from Junior Dragsters to big cars at the age of 17. His passion for racing came from his father, a seasoned racer himself, who introduced Taylor to the sport.

Today, Taylor competes in Top Dragster and Top ET, chasing big money bracket races across the Southeastern United States.

Learn more about Taylor below!

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Racing History

Taylor began racing Junior Dragsters at the age of 8, continuing until he reached 14 years old. However, between the ages of 15 and 17, he took a brief hiatus from racing due to family obligations. During this period, he raced an S-10 on and off, but upon turning 17, he fully committed to driving dragsters.

Among his notable racing achievements are earning the 2014 Carolina Dragway Junior Dragster Track Championship runner-up, winning an Ironman at South Carolina Motorplex in 2021, and securing several other race wins.

His Race Car

Taylor’s current dragsters include a 2003 Worthy and a 2023 Maddox dragster, both powered by PAR Race engines. The Worthy was built by his father in 2003 and holds a lot of history from over the years. Last year, they made the decision to acquire a new car for Taylor, resulting in the addition of the Maddox dragster to their collection. Both cars consistentely run 4.30’s to 4.40’s year-round, making them a blast to drive

2003 Worthy Dragster
2023 Maddox Dragster

Outside of Racing

When Taylor isn’t behind the wheel of his dragster, he finds joy in spending time out on the lake, cruising in the boat, and traveling with his girlfriend. For work, he serves as a diesel mechanic, dedicating 70 hours a week to his family’s diesel repair shop. To supplement his racing costs, Taylor also likes to flip vehicles for resale.

Taylor’s favorite movie is Talladega Nights and his favorite football team to cheer on is South Carolina. One thing he is really good at is making people laugh at the things he has experienced or done in his life.

When it comes to food, his favorite meal is a medium-rare steak paired with a loaded baked potato and a side salad, all washed down with an ice cold adult beverage.

Taylor’s Q&A

What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?

To actually win a race and go racing more than I have in the past few years. It’s been 3 years since I turned on that final win light. I’ve always wanted to race in Vegas for the Spring Fling Million but mostly I would love to travel around and compete more on the bigger stage. My dream is to always win a million dollar drag race but most importantly win a check with my name on it for $100,000 or more.

What is your favorite race car, and why? 

My favorite race car is definitely the Worthy. We’ve owned the car since new and it is definitely ole’ faithful. The car is proven and has had a lot of history over the years and it is always competitive when it rolls out the box. 

Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?

Definitely my dad. He always goes above and beyond to make sure I have the best of the best to be competitive but more importantly be safe when behind the wheel. 

Who do you look up to in the sport?

At my age, I definitely look up to Cory Gulitti. He just wins every time he rolls into the gate somewhere and he is a prime example of what it takes to win on a consistent basis.

Taylor Holland

Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why? 

I don’t hate to see anyone in the other lane. I want to race the best racer every time I strap into a race car. It makes me race up to my competition and I’d rather lose to the best of the best rather than race against someone I know I can beat.

What’s the hardest part of drag racing?

Staying positive and holding your head high. Bracket racing is the most humbling sport out there. A driver can do everything right on and off the race track but they still have to pull into the lanes right every time in order to win.

What’s your most embarrassing moment in a race car? 

I’ve been timed out in a shootout in Montgomery at the million and I’ve also been timed out in a time run at Galot. 

What are you saying to yourself just before you stage the car?

Don’t let go .040 and be a window licker.

Taylor Holland

What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?

Hanging out with all my racing friends and family and having ice cold refreshments after a long day racing.

Are you superstitious?  If so, what are they? 

Not really. I have my pre-race checklist and preparation I go through. 

Do you love to win or hate to lose? 

Love to win. The feeling never goes away. You never know when you won’t turn on anymore win lights. 

Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line? 

Finish line mostly but recently neither. 

Taylor Holland

What motivates you to continue racing?

It’s a drive to win. I like to go out there and have fun but compete against the best of the best.

If money were no object, what would your racing operation look like?  Car, trailer, class, race schedule, etc.

I’d keep the same dragsters but I’d add a really nice back half door car with a toterhome and gold rush or T&E stacker.

How often do you use a practice tree? 

I barely use a practice tree and it definitely shows some days.

What is your daily driver?

Whatever I can get my hands on that’s in the yard and that actually runs. I currently have a 2008 Chevy Silverado 1500.

Favorite music, artist? 

Depends on the mood and how I’m feeling. I can go from crying in your beer country music to gangster rap to rock. 

Taylor Holland

Where do you spend the most time on the internet?

Facebook for sure. Always looking for the next flip

Name one thing most people don’t know about you?

There isn’t too much. I’m an open book and what you see is what you get.

Would you rather hang out with a crowd or have a quiet evening at home? 

The older I get the more I’ve turned into a homebody but when we’re racing I love to hang out with my buddies.

Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?

I got to give glory to god first and foremost. I’m truly blessed in my life doing the things I do and the people I’m surrounded by. Next I would have to give credit to my dad and my girlfriend Hailey. They both motivate me and help keep my dream going. Got to give a shoutout to Maddox Race Cars, PAR Race Engines, Cameron’s Torque Converter Services, MT tires, APD and Ohlins shocks.

Taylor Holland

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