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Taegen Poles

 

Birthdate: October 10, 1998

Hometown: Port Hope, Ontario, Canada

She started the road to her own racing dream in 2006 in the Canadian Rookie Karting Championship, finishing sixth overall along with scoring her first pole and win while just seven years old. In 2007, she would win the series championship, the youngest female to do so.  She also started campaigning in the Hamilton Regional Karting Championship in a two-cycle kart.

2009 marked Taegen’s transition to the Rotax classes, where she competed at the Canadian Nationals as a Micro-Max and brought home a 10th place finish along with being the Vice Champion in the Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship.  Moving up to Mini-Max in 2011, she raced in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC) and finished 6th overall.  After the Nationals, she transitioned to Rotax Junior and finished 3 out of 5 races in 2nd place.

With 2012 her first full year in Rotax Junior, she completed the Nationals in a respectable 11th despite dealing with engine related issues.  Stepping it up for 2013, she embraced the competitive nature of Junior once more and came home with two top-fives and two top-tens in the ECKC series in the four races she attended. Unfortunately, she didn’t finish the Nationals after contact from behind while running in the top 3.  In 2014, she used the experience to win the Mosport International Karting Association Championship, finishing 90% of races on the podium, along with top ten finishes in the ECKC series. 

After the Nationals, Taegen made the leap up to the Rotax Senior class, where she finished 2nd in her first start.  The excitement didn’t stop there, as she was selected to be a part of the inaugural CASC sponsored Toyo Tires Karts to Cars program, where she tested an F1600 car with Brian Graham Racing. She intends to continue that partnership as a development driver with Brian Graham Racing, with a schedule consisting of test days and a single race weekend during the 2015 season. Over the offseason, she also participated in the CASC Ice Racing series and scored numerous top-ten finishes, and intends to do a full season next winter.

 

Away from the track, Taegen is a member of her schools cross-country, volleyball and rowing teams and plays the trombone. Also, she recently attained her sho-dan (black belt) in Karate-do.  Additionally, she completed an internship at Inside Track Motorsports News, where she is now one of their online bloggers and writes articles for the print edition as asked.

 


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