Grand Junction’s Sabre Cook headed to France for international kart race
Sabr&233; Cook recently celebrated her 16th birthday, but this weekend she’s set to have the experience of a lifetime.
The Grand Junction girl is competing June 10-13 in the Italian American Motor Engineering Bruno Grana International Trophy Cup in Lavelanet, France.
“I’m real excited,” Cook said. “This is going to be an amazing experience. I couldn’t do it without the help of my sponsors. I’m not really going there with any expectations. Their karting is huge. It’s almost as big as football here.”
The Bruno Grana International Trophy Cup is an international championship kart race. The drivers will have practice runs on Thursday and Friday. Qualifying is Saturday and the finals are set for Sunday.
Cook is one of 93 drivers, including four Americans competing in the Touch-and-Go Senior class (boys and girls ages 15 and older).
She qualified and earned an all-expense paid trip to the race by winning the TAG USA World Championship last October at Grand Junction Motor Speedway.
Cook, though, wasn’t planning on competing in the TAG Senior class at the World Championships until the day of the event when she had no one to race against.
“TAG Senior is a lot more competitive,” she said. “I was a little worried, but figured what do I have to lose? So I thought why not give it a shot. It was my home track, so I wasn’t too worried about being able to adapt.”
Cook had a race for seven consecutive weekends to prepare for the event.
“I’m nervous to compete against such a high competition level,” she said. “I’m going over there with an open mind and going to try to adapt to all the things over there.
“It will definitely expose me to an international level more than I’ve ever been. There’s a lot of opportunities over there for racing. There will be a lot of important people watching. That will lead me to bigger and better opportunities.”
Cook had two top-five finishes in the Championship Karting International Florida Cup and finished eighth overall.
She raced in the CKI Nationals in September in Las Vegas and finished 17th out of 50 drivers.