Sabrè Cook looks to add SuperNational title to resumé
Sabrè Cook will race anyone, anytime.
The Grand Junction 14-year-old girl once raced with the flu this season, throwing up the minute she came off the track.
Her mother, Melissa Cook, who stayed home to take care of her father-in-law, was not pleased with her racing sick, but admired her determination.
“She’s not a quitter,” Melissa said. “I have to tell her no.”
Sabrè fried six motors this season, including three one weekend, but that hasn’t deterred her.
Neither has often being the only girl in her class on the track.
“They started to treat me the same a little bit, but they respond to me different than the other racers,”
Sabrè said. “They throw a bigger fit if I beat him. It makes me mad because they make a big deal about it when I win, but if I lose, they say, she’s a girl, of course you beat her.”
This weekend, Sabrè will compete in the SKUSA SuperNationals XII in Las Vegas for the first time in the TaG Junior Class. It is the first time SKUSA has allowed the TaG Juniors to race in the event.
The first 42 sanctioned drivers to sign up for SuperNationals competes in the event. It includes drivers from all over the world.
Other Grand Junction residents competing in SuperNationals are Kody Adkins (S1 Class), Mike Hindson (TaG Masters), Louie Velasquez (TaG Masters) and Stacey Cook (G1).
“At first I was thinking it was not a big deal,” Sabrè Cook said of SuperNationals. “More people started telling me stuff and I started hearing a lot about it and got nervous. I had a lot going on and my dad kept pestering me, but we’ve done a few practice laps.”
Cook, a ninth grader at Fruita 8/9 school, is taking AP Geography, among other classes. She plays basketball, the piano and is in choir as well.
“This is the biggest race all year long,” she said. “Everybody shows up for it. There will be 40 karts on the track at the same time from anywhere in the world.
“To me, anything less than a podium spot (top three) is bad, so I feel bad if I don’t make it on the podium, but I want to be on top. I think I can possibly win, but I don’t want to be too sure about it.”
Her parents have no doubt she is capable of beating a field of mostly boys to be the best in the world.
“She’s an exceptional driver,” her father, Stacey Cook said. “We’re lucky. She’s smooth and smart. She excels under pressure.
“She can run with anybody there. She doesn’t let anyone intimidate her.”
Cook proved she is ready by successfully defending her TaG World Championship title a few weeks ago at Grand Junction Motor Speedway.
“I wanted to prove that state was a mess up,” she said. “I wanted to show what I can do. I remember all the experiences I had and told myself ‘There will probably be more kids racing this year, don’t get cocky.’”
Cook posted the fastest lap time in any class in 53:09 in practice, but she had kart problems in qualifying, blowing a motor and had to start in the back in the first heat race. She worked her way to the front when it counted in the World Championship race.
If she wins SuperNationals, it would be make all the challenges they’ve been through this season worthwhile.