Birmingham, Alabama – Rains Racing has in a short time become a local racing phenomenon, winning two Championships in 2014 running a stockcar in SCCA Club Racing. Driver, and Team Manager Andrew Rains, along with professional Racing Driver and Driving Instructor Mikey Taylor, have been laying the building blocks for a successful organization since mid-2013. The two share a vision for a successful Birmingham, AL based professional racing team, representing local companies, as well as an impressive array of international firms.
Andrew Rains, a Birmingham, AL native, is excited to have the opportunity to assemble the team, and get behind the wheel of the #44 Volkswagen GTI. Andrew is a Senior at Auburn University, and cut his teeth in the school’s Formula SAE program. During his tenure with the Auburn Formula SAE Racing Team Andrew lead the program to its best ever overall finish of second place in June of 2013. During the 2014 racing season Andrew learned and gained experience competing in the SCCA’s SARRC Championship. Andrew brought home two Championship trophies: the SARRC Championship, and V8Stockcars GTA Championship. His success no doubt was due to comprehensive driver coaching from close friend and experienced international racing driver, Mikey Taylor, as well as a professionally organized and highly talented crew supporting all of his efforts. Crew Chief, and Alabama Auto Racing Pioneers Hall of Famer, Lee Hurley, lead the technical side of 2014’s successful efforts, and is slated to play a role in the team’s 2015 plans.
Hailing from Pretoria, South Africa, Mikey quickly rose through the karting ranks in South Africa. From the time he was six years-old Mikey has been racing, and winning not only all over Africa, but in Europe as well. Mikey attended the World karting finals representing South Africa five times, with a best finish of 4th position. Mikey moved to the US, in late 2012 alone without his family, to pursue his racing career stateside and is determined to make his mark. Mikey quickly proved his abilities in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge series, driving for some of the best racing teams in North America. For 2015 Mikey will assume responsibility as the Rains Racing VW Program Manager. He is responsible for coordinating work and projects on the team’s VW racecars, and also liaises with team partners.
For 2015 Mikey and Andrew have bolstered Rains Racing’s assets by obtaining a Volkswagen Golf GTI, and Jetta GLI. The plan is to in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship in the TC category. With support from National Bank of Commerce, and AfriGIS, as well as performance parts from Volkswagen Racing Line USA, software from Revo Technik, Milltek Sport Exhausts, and flags and tents from Portable Shade. The Rains Racing VW’s look to display performance and consistent finishing results on the race track! Graphics and Vinyl will be provided by Advanced Graphics, racing gear from OMP America, and clutches from South Bend Clutch will hopefully allow the sporty Volkswagens to be top performers against undoubtedly stiff competition in the Touring Car category.
“As a new entrant to the Pirelli World Challenge we are certainly excited to take part in such an incredible series. “ Stated Team Manager and Driver Andrew Rains. “At Rains Racing we value the team over all else, and PWC gives us a great platform to develop our team while providing our partners with an amazing platform for promotion and business. PWC’s growth has been tremendous recently, and we’re honored to work with the great staff at SCCA Pro and PWC. I have to thank Mikey Taylor for his hard work this off-season, both working on the cars and establishing long-term strategic partnerships for our team. His network within Volkswagen community has been invaluable.” – Team Manager, Driver Andrew Rains
“It is great to be a part of this new project with Rains Racing, and help to build it from the ground up. Andrew and I share several similarities, one of which is our tremendous ambition. For me, there was no other option when looking at which series to move the team up to for the 2015 season, and when the opportunity arose to run a pair of Volkswagens, I just couldn’t say no! It is fantastic to be back in Volkswagen group racecar, which I know so very well. What is even more exciting for me to see is that we are creating a very solid base for growth in the future, whether this leads us to other classes or forms of racing, only time will tell. But for now we are focused fully on the 2015 season ahead.” – VW Program Manager, Driver Mikey Taylor
Rains Racing is looking forward to competing in the PWC season-opening round at Circuit of the America’s in Austin, Texas March 6-8 2015.