Driver Bio:
Name: Taegen Poles
DOB: October 10
Height: 5'1"
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Residence: Port Hope, ON/Kingston, ON
Years Racing: 11

Rotax Senior,
Formula 1600


TMP Racing,
Brian Graham Racing

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 initially from watching Formula 1 races on television, and then attendance at the 2003 Toronto Indy gave her the opportunity to learn that karting was the key to involvement in the sport after talking to a number of drivers.

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. Over the offseason, she also participated in the CASC Ice Racing series and scored numerous top-ten finishes.

Taegen continued that partnership through 2015 as a development driver, with a schedule consisting of test days and a single race weekend during the 2015 season that resulted in a 7th and 10th place finish. 2015 also saw her debut in the Rotax Senior category, where she had pace for a podium finish at the Nationals yet again but was involved in an incident.

Away from the track, Taegen has her sho-dan (black belt) in Karate-do and is an online blogger for Inside Track Motorsports News. In September she will begin to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Queen’s University, while joining their Formula SAE team to learn more about the mechanics of a car.




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