Sabre Cook is first female to win a SKUSA Pro Tour title
Sabré Cook was ready to go pro this season, but was told no.
The Grand Junction 18-year-old proved she’s ready, becoming the first female to win a SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour points title last weekend in the SuperNationals XVI finals in Las Vegas.
“I feel really proud I get to represent women in that way,” Cook said. “I’m hoping to keep my momentum going.
“I’ll be in the pro class next year. As we look for sponsors, being a national champion will help.”
Cook won the S2 semi-pro class points title after taking second in the SuperNationals S2 main event on Sunday.
“Of course I wanted both wins,” she said. “What competitor doesn’t? I did the best with what I have. I drove my heart out. Maybe one day I’ll be the first girl to win a SuperNationals race.”
Despite not winning both crowns, Cook made history.
Winning the S2 points title was a goal she’s had her sights set on from the start of the season.
“I’ve worked so hard this year,” she said. “Once you start to progress and accomplish more things, it’s really awesome, but it doesn’t come as quite as shock.
“I definitely got a ton of congratulations and encouragement. It’s cool how many took note of it. It’s cool to see how many people were as happy for me as I was for myself.”
Cook qualified fifth for the three heat races. She placed second, second and sixth in the three heats, posting the fastest lap time in each heat to earn bonus points. Her three places in the heat races qualified her second for the main event. She took an early lead in the main event, but was passed by eventual race winner Billy Musgrave midway through the race.
“Having the fastest lap is definitely a bonus,” Cook said. “Maybe you didn’t end up in first place, but you had the speed to be the fastest. It was really cool to see that. I can keep going (fast).”
Christian Bird of Grand Junction qualified 28th and placed 19th, 25th and 34th in the heats. He finished 41st.
SKUSA officials had already approved of Cook moving up to the S1 pro class next year before last week’s SuperNationals, but Cook was glad she had a second year in the S2 class.
“I wanted to move up to S1 this year, but the race organizers wanted me to stay in S2,” she said. “I’m happy I did. I had to learn how to win and get a lot of exposure.
It was good for me from a publicity angle. They said I would definitely go to S1.”
Cook is a freshman studying mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines. She graduated from Fruita Monument High School in May.