|December 17, 2012 News
|eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month - Sabré Cook - November 2012
| Cook drove to a runner-up finish in S2 at the SuperNationals to clinch the SKUSA Pro Tour title|
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the ‘Driver of the Month’ program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished and who they are.
A privilege working within the industry and providing the leading karting website in the world is the ability to look back at the beginning of the careers for so many drivers and watching them grow and mature as talented, well-respected individuals. The past decade has seen a number of them begin at the Cadet level and eventually reach the top level of our sport. Colorado driver Sabré Cook is among one of those, on the verge of competing at the top level of the Superkarts! USA Stock Moto ladder system thanks to her championship in the S2 Semi-Pro category this season, which she clinched by placing runner-up at this year’s SKUSA SuperNationals XVI.
Cook entered the SuperNationals, the final event of the 2012 SKUSA Pro Tour series, leading the championship by just a few points after factoring in the drop race. A few mechanical issues hampered her speed during practice, but by the time qualifying came, she was ready to battle. She set the fifth quickest lap of the timed session - a 45.149-second lap around the temporary circuit outside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. This placed her P5 in the three heat races to set the grid for the main event on SuperSunday.
She opened up the racing with a solid performance in heat one, quick out of the gate with one of her best starts of the season. She ran second the entire race and recorded the fast lap of the race. In heat two, Cook held her fifth spot until the closing laps when she relinquished the position. Another great start to begin heat three placed her third at he start and she was the quickest of the leaders, able to steal the second spot on the final lap. Her results placed her on the front row for the Main Event, starting from P2.
From the outside of row one, Cook laid down a great start once again to lead the 20-lap battle. Leading the first laps of the SuperNationals main event, she and the top qualifier broke away from the rest of the field. On lap six, she surrendered the lead and settled into the second spot right on the bumper of the new leader. They matched each other’s pace until the leader was able to pull out a small advantage over Cook in the final few laps. Cook kept her CRG-USA entry clean in the final laps to earn the runner-up position, her best result at the SuperNationals, clinching the SKUSA Pro Tour S2 championship. The title made her the first female driver to earn a SKUSA Pro Tour championship in its three year history.
Cook is looking forward to making the jump to S1 Pro Stock Moto category next year, as she continues her progression through the karting ranks. Off the track she earned her high school diploma this past Spring, carrying a 4.0 GPA, and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines outside Denver.
November 2012 EKN Driver of the Month - Sabré Cook
| Sabre Cook - EKN Driver of the Month - November 2012|
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Born: May 21, 1994
Hometown: Grand Junction, Colorado
Parents: Stacey and Melissa Cook
Siblings: Tristan Cook
Height/Weight: 5’6’’ / 117 lbs.
Education: High School Graduate, and Undergraduate studying Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines
Job: Student, Driver, and Driving Instructor at Grand Junction Motor Speedway
Engine/Engine Builder: Honda - SRS
Sponsors: CRG-USA, Grand Junction Motor Speedway, Zamp Helmets, Xtreme Kolors, Gold’s Gym, Alpine Bank, K1 Race Gear, Leatt Brace, MG Tires, JH Precision
Series You Compete In: Gatorz Challenge of the Americas, SKUSA Pro Tour, SKUSA Pro Kart Mountain Region, and Rotax Grand Nationals
Years Karting: 10
How did you get started in karting? My dad raced motorcycles professionally and he didn’t want us doing that so karting was a compromise
What has been the high point in your racing career? Winning the SKUSA Pro Tour National Championship
What are your goals in racing? I would love to make it in open wheel racing but funding is hard to find so if I don’t end up driving I hope to be one of the mechanical engineers for an Indy car or F1 team. However, regardless of where I end up I will always come back to my karting roots.
In a few words, how would you describe your driving style? Smooth, precise, and consistent
Funniest moment at the race track? When Austin Versteeg would sit on Felipe Fraga’s lap pretending to cry like a baby
Favorite Track: Laguna Seca and Grand Junction Motor Speedway
Favorite form of professional motorsports: Formula One
Favorite karting driver: Alan Rudolph and David Fore
Favorite professional driver: Mark Webber
Favorite website: eKartingNews.com or sabrecook.com of course (LOL)
Favorite movie: Senna and Avatar
Favorite actor/actress: Adam Sandler and Sandra Bullock
Favorite music/group: Too many to count
Favorite vacation/activity spot: What’s a vacation? Just kidding, probably southern France
Favorite food: Italian and Mexican
The Real Deal
What do you do when not at the track? Homework and train
What are your goals outside of karting? Obtain a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Physics and Business
What type of street car do you drive? A soccer mom car (LOL) Chevy Equinox
What type of street car would you like to drive? SSC Ultimate Aero
What are your pet peeves or things that irritate you? Drama, politics, and chalk boards
What do you think could be done to improve the sport of karting? Controlling cost and more exposure to the main-stream media
What are your favorite aspects about the sport of karting? It can be a wonderful family activity and a great developmental experience to prepare drivers for the higher levels of motorsports. The mental hardships a driver must overcome are lessons that will benefit them not only in racing but in life.
November 2012 Driver of the Month - Honorable Mention:
- Bonnier Moulton: SKUSA SuperNationals XVI - S4 winner (joined three-time SuperNats winner list)
- Billy Musgrave: SKUSA SuperNationals XVI - S2 winner (First SuperNationals event)
- Leonardo Nienkotter: SKUSA SuperNationals XVI - TaG Master winner (joined three-time SuperNats winner list)
- Luke Selliken: SKUSA SuperNationals XVI - TaG Junior third place (Pro Tour champion in first season)
- Patricio O’Ward: SKUSA SuperNationals XVI - S5 Junior winner (two SuperNats wins in two different categories)
- Anthony Gangi Jr.: SKUSA SuperNationals XVI - TaG Cadet winner (second major victory of the season)