Snap-on Stars of Karting Driver Spotlight: Tatiana Calderon Colombian pilot Tatiana Calderon became the first female competitor to win a Snap-on Stars of Karting Divisional Championship when she took home the Junior Intercontinental A...
Snap-on Stars of Karting Driver Spotlight: Tatiana Calderon
Colombian pilot Tatiana Calderon became the first female competitor to win a Snap-on Stars of Karting Divisional Championship when she took home the Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) Eastern Division title at the USA International Raceway in Shawano, Wisconsin.
Now, in her fourth year of competition in the Snap-on Stars of Karting, Tatiana has been fast at almost every race circuit the series travels to, the talented Tony Kart junior driver used consistency to score the elusive title as race winners faltered in their hunt for the crown.
With the 2008 Eastern Division kicking off at the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida, Calderon showed her prowess in the wet as she was near the front of the field in both finals. A little trouble in final one set her back to a 12th place result but Tatiana bounced back in the second final for a solid seventh place finish.
Next on the docket was the Race of the Americas at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, Indiana where the 15-year-old female had her best runs of the season. Battling with the top studs in the JICA class, Calderon bested all but one of them as she managed to take the second step on the podium in the first of two finals. Proving that it was no fluke, Calderon was back at the pointy end of the field for the second final but finished just outside the top five in the sixth position.
The title chase ended in Shawano, Wisconsin as a fury of activity took place on and off the track. Looking to put herself in a good position for the National Championship chase, Calderon ran inside the top ten throughout the race weekend. By the time the finals came, Calderon managed to keep her cool to score an eighth and fourth place results to score her first Stars of Karting Championship, and the first by a female competitor, by a mere ten points.
Calderon will now shift her focus to the Snap-on Stars of Karting National Finals in Las Vegas. With a long time off between her divisional championship winning weekend and the finals, Calderon will continue to be on track honing her skills and completing the necessary testing to make a run at the crown. With the event taking place on a temporary circuit inside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Calderon and the rest of her fellow championship contenders will look to get up to speed early and claim the Gatorz Pole Award in qualifying followed by performances in the races to bring home the National title.
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