Taegen Poles

 
 
 
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Biography

Unlike many drivers, Taegen does not come from a family with a background in motorsport. Her enthusiasm for the sport is fueled by her own passion and dedication to speed and competition. Her interest in racing came at a young age, initially from watching Formula 1 races on television. Attending the 2003 Toronto Indy sealed the deal, giving her the opportunity to learn that karting was the key to the sport by talking to several drivers. Since then, the rest is history.

Three years later, she started on the road to her own racing dream in 2006 in the Canadian Rookie Karting Championship. Finishing 5th overall, she scored her first pole and win at seven years old. She would go on to win the championship the following year and was the youngest female to do so. Simultaneously, she began campaigning in a two-cycle kart in the Hamilton Regional Karting Championship.

From 2009 to 2011, she competed in the Rotax Micro-Max and Mini-Max divisions. In those years, she was the Vice Champion in the Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship, 10th at the Canadian Nationals, and 6th overall in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC).

With 2012 as 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-five 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.

While making the move to the Rotax Senior class, Taegen developed a partnership with Brian Graham Racing after being selected to be part of the inaugural CASC Toyo Tires Karts to Cars program where she tested an F1600 car with BGR. After competing in the CASC Ice Racing series in the offseason, she then continued her partnership with BGR through 2015 as a development driver in the Toyo Tires F1600 Series. Her schedule consisted of test days and a race weekend that resulted in a 7th and a 10th place finish.

As a Rotax Senior sophomore, Taegen continued to have a strong presence at both the national and provincial levels. She podiumed at the ECKC level, had good pace constantly throughout the year and was awarded the PFAFF Driver of the Day after winning events at the Canadian Ron Fellows Karting Championship.

No stranger to change, for the 2017 season, Taegen added a gear and began racing in the Rotax DD2 class. While doing so, she changed both chassis’ manufacturers and teams to become a member of Energy Corse North America Team. She would go on to finish 3rd in the DD2 ECKC Championship and the Champion Ron Fellows Karting Challenge. That year she also raced in the Rotax Senior category on a part time basis.

2018 was a new start for Taegen, as many Canadian drivers (herself included) swapped to the ROK engine program. Spending much time focusing on the new 6-speed shifter division, she would finish 3rd in the CRKFC series and a personal best of 8th at the Canadian Nationals.

In 2019, Taegen will compete against other women from around the world to be selected as a driver in the W Series. This competition will see her travelling to Melk, Austria, this coming January.

Away from the track, Taegen is a sho-dan (black belt) in Karate-do and is an online blogger for Inside Track Motorsports News. She is halfway through her Bachelor of Applied Science in Metallurgical Engineering at Queen’s University, where she is also the President of Queen’s FIRST Robotics Club and the Lead of FIRST LEGO League for W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics, a local not-for-profit.

 
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Results


2018

Canadian National Karting Championship

ROK Shifter, 8th

Champion Ron Fellows Karting Challenge

Rok Shifter, 3rd

 

2017

Eastern Canadian Karting Championship

Rotax Dd2, 3rd

Champion Ron Fellows Karting Challenge

Rotax Dd2, 3rd

 

2016

Mosport International Karting Association Championship

Rotax Sr, 4th (Partial Season)

Champion Ron Fellows Karting Challenge

One Victory/Driver of the Day

Eastern Canadian Karting Championship

Rotax sr, 8th (Partial Season)

 

2015

F1600 BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Race

Class A, 7th

Canadian National Karting Championship

Rotax Sr, 12th

Mosport International Karting Association Championship

Rotax Sr, 5th

 

2014

Mosport International Karting Association Championship

Rotax Jr, Champion

Canadian National Karting Championship

Rotax Jr, 14th

Eastern Canadian Karting Championship

Rotax jr, 17th (Partial Season)

 

2013

Mosport International Karting Association Championship

Rotax jr, 4th

Eastern Canadian Karting Championship

Rotax jr, 10th (Partial Season)

 

2012

Mosport International Karting Association Championship

Rotax jr, 5th

Canadian National Karting Championship

Rotax jr, 11th

Eastern Canadian Karting Championship

Rotax jr, 15th

 

2011

Eastern Canadian Karting Championship

Rotax Mini-max, 6th

Mosport International Karting Association Championship

Rotax Mini-Max, 5th (Partial Season)

 

2010

Ontario GrandNationals

Rotax Mini-max, 3rd

Hamilton Regional Karting Championship

Rotax Mini-Max, 4th

Canadian National Karting Championship

Rotax Mini-Max, 18th

 

2009

Brian Stewart Regional Karting Championship

Tag Cadet, 2nd

Hamilton Regional Karting Championship

f1K Cadet, 3rd

Canadian National Karting Championship

Rotax Micro-max, 10th

 

2008

Canadian Rookie Karting Championship

Novice, champion

Ontario Regional Karting Championship

f1k Cadet, 7th

Hamilton Regional Karting Championship

F1k Cadet, 8th

 

2007

Canadian Rookie Karting Championship

Novice, Champion

Hamilton Regional Karting Championship

F1K Cadet, 11th

 

2006

Canadian Rookie Karting Championship

Novice, 5th

 

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