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Taylor Announces Formation
Of Pro Stock Team!
On the heels of current successes by women in
motorsports, including Melanie Troxels Top
Fuel victory at the season-opening CARQUEST Auto
Parts NHRA Winternationals, Minorities Empowered
Nationally Through Organized Racing (MENTOR)
announced this week the formation of the first
African-American female-owned NHRA Pro Stock
The announcement originally was scheduled for
later in the year, but MENTOR founder Phil Coleman
said everything was just about in place.
It is time to cut the baby from the cord
and let her fly on her own, said Coleman.
This is truly a historic period.
Team owner Cynthia Taylor (CynTay Motorsports)
is a former certified senior-level
administrator/manager in the Detroit-area school
system and former marketing and public relations
director for African-American Pro Mod driver Ronnie
Hood. The Detroit/Indianapolis-based team will take
delivery of its new ride this summer and make its
debut at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. The driver
will be selected from among three naturally
gifted Pro Stock/Pro Mod-ready African-American and
Coleman emphasized that the program was part of
a long-running driver-development initiative.
As our name implies, we are mentors, he
said. Our drivers range in age from 17 to 27,
and all have been in the six-second zone. We have
the technical expertise, a winning crew chief,
equipment, and skill sets to go rounds. We also
have a strategic alliance with good friends Roy
Hill and Ron Jones [Roy Hills Drag Racing
School], who have been instrumental in our
program's development for many years."
I have always been a pretty good
communicator and recognized long ago the importance
of surrounding myself with people who excel in
their respective fields. I feel like I have
accomplished this goal, said Taylor, who has
actively promoted MENTOR and NHRA Youth &
Education Services (YES) presented by U.S. Army
nationally in the last several years. Phil
[Coleman], Ronnie [Hood], and Roy
[Hill] are brutal hard-core Pro Modified
racers in another sanction, and it is just a matter
of incorporating their skill set to NHRA Pro
Stock-style racing. Besides, Roy and Ronnie proved
long ago they know how to win in the NHRA."
DMI Technologies is the teams primary
sponsor, but, added Taylor, Like every other
team out here, money is always an issue. CynTay
Motorsports has enough funding for several races
this year and will be looking to add additional
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