ABOUT TAYLOR

Winning Racecar Driver | Honors Law School Student | Women in Motorsports NA Founding Member

Taylor Ferns, at 26 years old, is an accomplished racecar driver, second-year law student, and Operations Manager at The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. Throughout her 20-year racing tenure, she has won numerous races, championships, awards, and set records that do not only pertain to her gender, in a diverse portfolio of racecars, and on varying race surfaces. As a United States Auto Club (USAC) champion, Taylor has carved a name for herself within the open-wheel ranks including, but not limited to, being the youngest female driver to win a sprint car race, becoming the first female to win USAC midget and sprint car races at a multitude of racetracks, being the second female to ever win a USAC championship, having the most USAC Silver Crown starts by a female, and having the highest finish by a female in USAC’s 51-year Silver Crown history. The latter record she intends to break by winning.

Aside from some of her motorsport’s accomplishments, Taylor has gone on to pursue academia by attaining a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from Grand Valley State University where she graduated cum laude, a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University, and is currently enrolled at Wayne State University Law School. Since 2018, Taylor has worked at The Sam Bernstein Law Firm as an Operations Manager where she has dedicated her time to elevating her position by applying a lot of what was instilled in her at a young age: grit, persistence, and vivaciousness. To add, The Sam Bernstein Law Firm is the primary sponsor of her racecars.

Over the years, Taylor’s perspective of the motorsport’s world, and her placement in it, has evolved. She now recognizes the power and greater meaning behind being a female in a male-dominated trade. With that, she has made it a personal mission to give back to a sport she is so passionate about by mentoring younger girls interested in racing. Taylor is also an active member of Women in Motorsports North America and regularly takes part in professional speaking engagements regarding women in racing.

TAYLOR'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • First podium finish (3rd) by a female in USAC Silver Crown history.
  • Tying her own record, Taylor again finished third on July 21 in a USAC Silver Crown Car at Winchester Speedway
  • Women in Motorsports North America Ambassador; Founding/Working Group Member
2022
  • 2 Wins, 2 Top-5s, 1 Fast Time - Sprint Car
  • 1 Top-5, 1 Top-10 - USAC Silver Crown
  • First Female to win a Sprint Car race at Berlin Raceway and Galesburg Speedway
  • Highest qualifying female and most starts (14) in USAC Silver Crown history
2021
  • Graduated from Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business, MBA in Finance and Management
  • Enrolled at Wayne State University Law School
2020
  • 1 Top-3, 5 Top-5s - Auto Value Super Sprints
2019
  • Graduated Cum Laude from Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business – Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance and Economics
  • Started working at The Sam Bernstein Law Firm
2018
  • Voted 'Most Popular American Female Driver' by National Speed Sport News
2015
  • 1 win, 3 Fast Times - 410 Wing Sprint Car
  • First female to win a race at Southern Ohio Speedway
  • Track record at Southern Ohio Speedway
  • Numerous Top-5 and Top-10 finishes
  • Lutheran High School North Honors Graduate
2014
  • Highest finishing female in USAC Silver Crown history (4th)
  • Highest finishing female in ARCA dirt race
  • Finished in the Top-10 in first ARCA start
  • 'Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Special Achievement Award' recipient
2013
  • Finished in the Top-10 in first CRA Late Model and first USAC Silver Crown starts
2012
  • 1 USAC Midget win
  • USAC D1 Regional Midget Champion - 2nd female to win a USAC championship
  • Winningest female driver in USAC history
  • 'Ebay Motors PACE Award' recipient
  • 'Mazda Road to Indy' scouting finalist
2011
  • Received the 'Kara Hendrick Spirit Award'
  • Youngest female to win a Sprint Car race (14 years, 4 months)
  • Youngest Racer to Win a UMARA Midget race (14 years old)
  • Completed Phase 2 of the Lyn St. James Driver Development Program
2010
  • Most USAC Wins in a Single Season by a Female
  • Tied for Winningest Female in USAC History
  • First and Last Female to Win a Race at the Joliet Memorial Stadium
  • UMARA Ford Focus Champion
  • Completed Phase 1 of the Lyn St. James Driver Development Program
2009
  • First Female to Win a USAC Kenyon Midget race
2008

*Prior to 2008, Taylor won an abundance of Quarter Midget, Bandalaro, and 600cc Micro Sprint races and championships. Her early racing accomplishments also include making the A-Main on several occasions in the Micro Sprint divisions at the prestigious Tulsa Shootout in Tulsa, OK and finishing in the top-10.