Driver Bio:
Name: Taegen Poles
DOB: October 10
Height: 5'1"
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Residence: Port Hope, ON/Kingston, ON
Years Racing: Since 2006
Classes:

ROK Senior,
ROK Shifter

Teams:

TMP Racing,
Energy Corse N.A
BGR


Unlike many drivers, Taegen does not come from a family with a background in motorsport. Her enthusiasm for the sport is fuelled 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 6th 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 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 10th place finishes. That year she also raced in the Rotax Senior category on a part time basis.

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. This year saw her finish 3rd in both of the DD2 ECKC Championship and the Champion Ron Fellow Karting Challenge, as well as numerous podiums and wins in the ECKC, CRFKC and MIKA championships. Unfortunately, her bad luck at the Nationals continued as her final ended early with gearbox problems.

2018 sees a new start for Taegen, as many Canadian drivers (herself included) are swapping to the ROK engine program. This means she can race in both the senior and the 6-speed shifter division. With a full schedule of racing and testing planned. She also continues to pursue partnering opportunities that will see her back in an open wheel F1600 or F4 car for 2018 and beyond.

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 Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University, where she is also the Vice President of Queen’s FIRST Robotics Club and a mentor to the W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics Team.

 

 

 

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