Sabré Cook ready to defend TAG World title.
So far, Sabré Cook is 2 for 2 in the TAG World Championships.
The Grand Junction 15-year-old will attempt to win a third Touch and Go go-kart title in her final year in the junior class (ages 12-15) this weekend at Grand Junction Motor Speedway.
“I’m kind of bummed, but I’m excited to move up to the senior class,” Cook said. “Junior class you learn a lot of basics. It’s gladiator school.”
The TAG World Championships begin with practice rounds Friday, qualifying Saturday and finals Sunday. Gates open at 7 a.m. each day. Sunday’s finals begin at noon.
Admission is free. Pit passes are $8 per person.
Cook is one of 40 drivers expected to compete in the junior class. There are 10 classes, plus four classes in the Rotax Series incorporated with the TAG Racing International event.
“There’s word of a lot more competition this year,” she said. “I’m looking forward to that. I’m going with the attitude of staying level-headed. Anyone has the same chance. I’m going to do the best I can.”
Other drivers from the Western Slope expected to compete are Kody Adcock (Senior), Louis Velasquez (Master), Giovanni Velasquez (Master), John Daella (Spec Moto Heavy), Tony Daella (senior), Riley Cook (Cadet) and Duncan Campbell (Cadet).
The TAG Junior World title isn’t the only championship Cook is chasing.
She is seventh in the Championship Karting International IAME Junior Class points despite missing the first race. CKI is regarded as the highest level of kart racing in America.
Cook is also leading the Colorado Kart Racing for Rich Series, formerly the Colorado Sprint Championship Series, TAG Junior Class.
The TAG World Championships were originally scheduled to take place in Norman, Okla., but were moved because of scheduling problems.
The CKI Grand Championship is in Norman, Okla., the weekend after the Grand Junction event.