Rising star Taylor Hagler will co-drive with Honda Performance Development (HPD) driver Ryan Eversley for a full-season campaign in the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. The duo will share the driving duties in a Honda Civic Type R TCR fielded by LA Honda World Racing.
The team is the defending TCR winner of the four-hour event, winning with Tom O’Gorman and Shelby Blackstock in 2019. Hagler, a 24-year-old driver from Bulverde,Texas, will make her IMSA debut at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, January 24, 2020.
“I’m happy to be continuing my association with Honda and HPD for my 11th season!” exclaimed Eversley. “The LA Honda World team has won a lot of races and I’ve admired what they’ve accomplished from a competitors standpoint and I know they’re going to be great to work with. Taylor and I are ready to go and looking forward to getting the season started in our No. 77 Honda Civic Type R.”
Knowing that she is joining a list of Eversley co-drivers that has included names like Simon Pagenaud, Dane Cameron, and Peter Cunningham, Hagler is looking forward to the opportunity to tap into his strong knowledge of the IMSA circuits as well as his proven pace.
“It is really cool to be paired with Ryan (Eversley),” said Hagler. “He is a long standing Honda driver and one that I watched in IMSA races when my dad and I traveled to Daytona and Road Atlanta as fans.”
Prior to racing, Hagler spent 10 years in equestrian show jumping competition before trading the horse for horsepower – a natural progression as she and her father are both lifelong sports car racing fans. At Daytona, she will take another big step up sports car racing’s ladder with her debut with LA Honda World in Michelin Pilot Challenge competition.