Speedway lands major events
TaG World Championships, international series in GJ
By ALLEN GEMAEHLICH
The Grand Junction Motor Speedway’s reputation keeps growing.
The kart track has been awarded a Championship Karting International (CKI) series race for the 2010 season and the TaG (Touch-and-Go) USA World Championship race this fall, speedway co-owner Stacey Cook told The Daily Sentinel on Wednesday.
The speedway is hosting the TaG World Championships for the second consecutive year after it was originally scheduled for Oklahoma. The event is Oct. 1-4 at the speedway, located at 3030 North I-70 Frontage Road.
“They called us and wanted to know if we would be interested in bringing the event back here and we said absolutely,” Cook said. “It’s great news for the track.”
Cook’s daughter, Sabre, has won the past two TaG Junior World Championship titles.
For more information on the TaG World Championships, visit http://www.tagracing.net.
Sabre Cook started competing in the CKI series this year and will likely race in the CKI event Sept. 10-12, 2010 at the speedway.
“This is the NASCAR of karting,” Stacey Cook said. “It’s huge. This is the premier event in the United States and we’re going to be part of them.”
The CKI series started this year with four races. It is sanctioned by World Karting Association, the largest karting association in the United States, CKI Series Director Kevin Williams said.
Many of the CKI events are televised live on the SPEED network.
“This is our first year of competition and we aspire to bring more exposure to our drivers, partners and ourselves,” Williams said. “By doing that, we go to the best places and offer the most competitive racing and I think we’ve done that with Grand Junction.”
The CKI series will include six races this season and is divided into an East and West region with a championship finals race Oct. 22-24, 2010 at a site to be determined.