Fruita grad Bird captures mountain region Kart title

Christian Bird has graduated high school and started a new chapter in his life, but one thing hasn’t changed.

The 18-year-old from Fruita, who now lives and works in Phoenix, is still winning shifter kart races.

Bird won the Superkarts! USA Mountain Region Championship with two wins in the Mountain Region finals Labor Day weekend at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway. He trailed the leader by 65 points going into the final two races and needed to win both to capture the title.

Bird, a kart racing state-title winner, said this win may be his biggest yet.

“This was almost the equivalent to winning a national title,” Bird said.

Winning the Mountain Region S2 semipro class title qualifies Bird to move up to the S1 pro class next year.

“That’s going to be a big jump,” Bird said. “Those guys (in the S1 class) are awesome drivers.”

Bird is balancing racing with working at the Bondurant School of Driving and will start college next semester at Arizona State University.

“It will be pretty stressful,” he said. “I’m lucky. Bob and Pat (Bondurant) are racers at heart.”

Bird is racing in the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix on Saturday and Sunday in Lancaster, Calif.

“It’s definitely one of the bigger races of the year,” he said. “I haven’t raced in the streets for quite a while. It will be a refresher on not hitting the walls.”

Bird plans to take October off from racing, then start to prepare for the SKUSA SuperNationals XVI November 14–18 in Las Vegas.

It will be Bird’s first SuperNationals race. His is fifth in the Pro Tour S2 points standings.


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