NEW CASTLE, Ind. — Taylor Ferns wasn’t planning to race this year, but when friend and fellow driver Caleb Armstrong was recently injured, Armstrong’s team tabbed the Michigan native to fill in during a pair of races as part of the 34th Annual Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.
Ferns will also compete in a pair of All Stars shows in her home state of Michigan in early July.
“It’s been a year since I’ve been in a race car, so I can’t wait to climb back in,” said Ferns. “Caleb (Armstrong) is a really good friend and it’s unfortunate what happened to him. I’m glad that I am able to fill in for him. It’s going to be great to go racing again and be back at the track and get to see everyone I haven’t seen for a while.”
Ferns is slated to compete in the opener of Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek at Attica Raceway Park on June 17 as well as the round at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe on June 22. Following those races, she will race with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions at Hartford Speedway in her home state of Michigan on July 2 and at I-96 Speedway on July 3.
Ferns last competed on June 22 of 2015 at Wayne County Speedway during Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek. Racing in a couple of events during the eight-day mini-series this season, will mark the third straight year she has raced during Ohio Sprint Speedweek. The winningest female driver in USAC history will have just a handful of laps to shake off any rust.
“Having not raced in quite a while will be one of the obstacles I have to overcome,” said Ferns. Hot laps in general are always important, so you can get things figured out for the car for qualifying, but getting a few laps in this time will be even more important. I’ve been around racing so long and it’s been such a big part of my life that I think when I get back in the car, it will come back to me.”
Ferns stepped away from her racing schedule this past year to enroll at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. Competing at Hartford Speedway and I-96 will mark the first time she has raced in her home state since 2014, when she made a pair of starts at Butler Speedway in a winged sprint car. Ferns finished third in one of those races.
“Grand Valley State (University) is near Hartford (Speedway) and I-96 (Speedway), and I have a lot of friends that are living over there for the summer and are curious about my racing, because it’s a whole side of me they have never really experienced before. Even when I was racing a lot, I rarely ever raced in Michigan, so it’s great that I get to race close to home and close to school. That should be a very fun weekend.”
CREDIT: Ferns Racing