Runner-up finish at SKUSA SuperNationals gives CRG-USA driver S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto championship
Article By: CRG-USA
GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO (December 5, 2012) – The 2012 season will go down as a break-out season for 18-year old Colorado driver Sabré Cook. The young CRG-USA driver put together a successful string of results throughout the spring and summer to enter the prestigious Superkarts! USA Pro Tour finale - the SKUSA SuperNationals XVI - as the championship leader in the S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto category. Cook showed the speed and racing prowess on the temporary circuit outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to battle for the overall victory, placing runner-up and becoming the first female SKUSA Pro Tour champion in the programs three year history.
The championship week began with Sabré struggling to get into the top-five during practice. A few mechanical issues early and other problems arising during the two-days of testing had her near the top-10 heading into qualifying. Once all the issues were resolved, Cook showed the speed she’s had all season long by setting the fifth fastest lap of the timed session, a 45.149-second lap around the temporary circuit. The result would post her P5, inside row three for each of the three heat races that would set the lineup for the main event.
Sabré opened up the racing with a solid performance in the first heat race. Quick out of the gate once the green lights went off, she vaulted away from the grid as best as she had all season. By the completion of the opening corners, she was into the second spot. The race was red-flagged early for an incident, and once the race got back underway Cook applied the pressure for the lead. Though she never quit, she was unable to work by for position and scored the second position after 10 laps, laying down the fast lap of the race.
Saturday completed the rounds of heat races, hosting heat two and heat three. Heat two Cook was just a tick off the pace, holding her fifth spot through most of the race until losing a spot late in the 10-lap event to end up sixth. Making changes with mechanic Jesse Dunham and CRG factory tuner - five-time world champion Davide Foré - Cook found the same pace she had the previous day in the final heat race. Another great launch propelled her to third by the completion of lap one, and while she had the quickest pace of the three leaders out front, she took her time and calculated her move forward. An opening came as they began the final lap, and Cook slid up into the second spot just before the checkered flag. Her results placed her on the front row for the SuperSunday main event, alongside the quick driver in qualifying.
From the outside of row one, Cook once again laid down one of her best launches once the lights went green to begin the 20-lap battle. Jumping out to the lead, she led her first laps of SuperNationals main event, pulling away with the top qualifier just behind. She relinquished the lead on lap six, and settled into the second spot right on the bumper of the new leader. Lap after lap, they matched lap times until the final few circuits when the leader pulled out a small advantage over Cook. Keeping her CRG chassis straight and running error-free to the checkered flag, Sabré finished the race in the runner-up position to earn her first SuperNationals podium finish and clinch the SKUSA Pro Tour S2 championship. The title is the first by a female driver on the three year old Pro Tour program.
Cook has yet to come down from the excitement and accomplishment she earned just a few weeks ago, “I was very pleased with the progress we made on the week and my second place finish on SuperSunday. I have to admit, it was a bit stressful trying to balance being aggressive while trying to stay out of trouble for the sake of the championship. In the end, I believe I made the smart decisions which allowed me to clinch the championship. I greatly look forward to next year in my Pro S1 debut and hope to gain valuable experience and results there. My advancement would not be possible without the phenomenal support of my sponsors throughout the year. I would like to thank CRG-USA, SRS Engines, JH Precision, MG Tires, Zamp Helmets, K1, Xtreme Kolors, Alpine Bank, and Leatt Brace. Special thanks to God for giving me these opportunities, my family and friends, and especially Jesse Dunham, Davide Foré, and Kimball Williams for their help and support.”
During the break in the racing schedule, Cook will focus all of her attention back to her work at the Colorado School of Mines as he continues on with her freshman year before returning to the national karting scene for more hardware in 2013. 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 during her high school career. She enjoys basketball, golf, acting, singing, volunteering and is a member of the National Honors Society and the Future Business Leaders of America. Cook completed her goal for 2012 by earning the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour title. Visit www.sabrecook.com to learn more about this promising driver.