The 15-year-old racing driver has been penalized for holding phone while on track at Daytona International Speedway
As expected, Taylor Gray has been penalized for on-track actions on Friday, January 15th. The violation occurred during an official ARCA Menards Series test session at Daytona International Speedway.
Watch the Taylor Gray video for Snapchat below.
The 15-year-old driver recorded a video from the cockpit, while on track. The video showed the driver, at speed off turn two. He held the camera and the steering wheel, all the way through turn three.
Gray is the driver of the No. 17 car for DGR-Crosley Racing.
The brief video clip first showed a view out of the front windshield. He then turned the camera angle around, showing himself while piloting the machine.
It’s a texting while driving violation, times a million.
There was a lot going on for a driver at a high rate of speed. Gray’s fastest lap in the session saw an average speed of 182.149.
The test session was not a stand-alone test. It was a group test with multiple ARCA competitors.
Computers, cell phones and any unapproved electronic device is banned from the cockpit of any NASCAR or ARCA machine.
Similar violations have occurred in the past. However, this may be the first time a video was done for social media during the violation.
Gray, his DRG-Crosley team manager and crew chief all met with ARCA officials on Saturday morning. That was ahead of the second testing day.
On Tuesday, the ARCA Menards Series has issued a penalty noting, “non-compliant activities”.
Violation: Section 20C – 6.7, which references the restriction of onboard devices, including cell phones.
Penalty: Gray has been fined $1,000 and placed on probation for the remainder of the 2021 ARCA season.
Gray ran twelve races with the ARCA Menards Series as of 2020. He collecting eight top-5’s and eleven top-10’s. He made 10 more combined starts with the ARCA Menards East and ARCA Menards West where he grabbed five more top-5 runs.
Gray missed the start of the 2020 season due to the age restriction. Following his 15th birthday on March 25, the driver hit the track.