GJ racer Sabré Cook wins grant to aid career

Sabré Cook received a helping hand toward her goal of becoming a professional race car driver.

The Grand Junction 19-year-old was one of eight young women to receive a Women’s Sports Foundation Women in the Winners Circle Project Podium Grant, the Women’s Sports Foundation announced Thursday.

Cook, a sophomore at Colorado School of Mines, will receive anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 to pursue a racing career through the Skip Barber Racing Series or the F1600 Formula Car Series. The Skip Barber Racing School was founded in 1975 to help create the next generation of professional race car drivers.

“It definitely helps,” Cook said. “I’m thankful I did get some of the grant, but the budget I’m looking at is quite large.”

The project was created to champion young and talented women drivers who compete in all forms of racing, including karting, quarter midget, drag racing, sports car and oval track, according to a news release.

“The applicants were quite diverse, and the judges spent considerable time in getting the list down to our final (eight) drivers,” Women’s Sports Foundation founder Lyn St. James said. “I can’t wait to have greater corporate support to help place more talented women on the podium and into the sport in 2015 and beyond.”

Cook finished third in the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour S1 Series this year after a 13th-place finish in the SKUSA Super-
Nationals race in Las Vegas last month.

The 2012 S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto Pro Tour champion battled illness at the SummerNationals in July and had to sit out most of the weekend.

“Considering the year I had, I can’t be too disappointed with what I did,” she said.

Cook plans to race the S1 series again next year and possibly the CIK-FIA World Championships in Italy.


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