Colorado driver returns for second trip to street race with CRG-USA race team
Article By: CRG-USA
GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO (September 12, 2012) – Rising American karting star Sabré Cook will journey to California this weekend (September 15-16) to contest the 2012 Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix. The growing street race in Southern California hosts some of the top shifterkart drivers along the west coast, and Colorado driver Cook will look to better her top-five finish from event debut a year ago, competing in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category. She is coming off a challenging event over the Labor Day weekend to close out the Rocky Mountain ProKart Challenge at her home track of Grand Junction Motor Speedway in Colorado.
The finale weekend for the Superkarts! USA regional series was a difficult one, on and off the track. Driving back to Grand Junction from her new home at the Colorado School of Mines in the Denver area, Cook returned to her home track late Friday night battling an illness that left her well below 100% physically the entire weekend. Emotionally, she and her family were mourning the loss of their dog - Piper - who had passed away Saturday morning. Cook put all that to the side once she sat back in her CRG-USA prepared CRG S2 entry, jumping to the top of the charts in the qualifying session. Her 52.801-second lap was just one-thousandths off the overall pole position, but quickest in the S2 category. The start of the opening heat race was marred by a slow launch off her line, dropping her dead last in the race. She was able to work her way back to fourth overall, second in class. The second heat race began in similar fashion, this time with Sabré’s kart stalling on the grid. After getting refired and running a few laps, she pulled in to save the equipment and energy for the final. Before the main event, it was discovered the clutch cable was faulty, and replaced before the gridded up for 20-lap feature race. Starting last, she worked her way forward quickly until attempting to take over the second position when contact was made. The result dropped her back to the tail of the field and she drove back to finish third in class.
The next day began with Cook qualifying third overall, second in class with a 52.977-second lap. Fighting to keep pace with the S2 leader, Cook tried valiantly to work around a S1 driver for on-track position. The driver spun in front of her, and with no where to go, made hard contact to cause severe damage to her CRG kart. Getting the kart repaired for heat two, Cook fought her way to third overall, second in class while recording the fast lap of the race. Cook lost ground early on to the S2 leader in the 20-lap main event, stuck behind an S1 driver. Once around, she began cutting into the gap lap after lap. She made a tremendous charge in the final few laps, running nearly two tenths of a second faster than the leader. At the checkered flag, Sabré came just a few inches short of stealing the victory, settling for second. With the difficult weekend, the championship chase ended with Cook finishing second place.
This weekend will be used to warm-up competing on a slick street surface, preparing for the final round of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour series, where she holds the championship lead heading to the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on November 14-18. Be sure to follow Sabré during this weekend, and in for the SuperNationals, as eKartingNews.com will broadcast live audio and live timing of the entire event from their webpage - www.ekartingnews.com/live . Cook would like to thank her racing support program; CRG-USA, Grand Junction Motor Speedway, K1 RaceGear, MG Tires, SRS Engines, Zamp Helmets, Xtreme Colors Helmet Painting, Alpine Bank, Gold’s Gym, JH Precision Machine, Enstrom’s Candies, Leatt. Visit www.sabrecook.com for more information and be sure to follow her on Facebook, search for Sabré Cook Racing.
About Sabré Cook:
Grand Junction, Colorado’s Sabre’ Cook is a rising female motorsports star. Completing her tenth year in karting, the 18-year old is on the verge of breaking out. Growing up at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway, Cook has developed up the karting ranks and is nearing the top level. Over the course of her career, she has earned six Colorado State Championships, two TAG World Championships, a SKUSA Mountain Region title, represented USA at the Bruno Grana International Trophy event in France, and competed all across North America while maintaining a 4.1 GPA in school. She enjoys basketball, golf, acting, singing, volunteering and is a member of the National Honors Society and the Future Business Leaders of America. Her goal in 2012 will be to earn a Superkarts! USA Pro Tour title while advancing her way into open-wheel racing. Visit www.sabrecook.com to learn more about this promising driver.