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SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS!!!! A MUST READ

Postby Steve Lewis » Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:20 pm

Just a reminder to ALWAYS think safty 1st.
Young Karter Taybor Duncan Dies in Tragic On-Track Accident



Taybor Duncan
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An early Sunday morning incident at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway claimed the life of nine-year old Taybor Duncan. According to reports from local news outlets, the young driver from Aurora, Colorado died following a collision with tail-end of a flatbed trailer attached to an ATV maintenance vehicle.

“The maintenance vehicle was headed towards another accident that happened with another go-kart racer. She didn’t see him and they collided,” says Sally Weese of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The driver of the maintenance vehicle is an employee of the race track. Weese stated Duncan was driving over a hill and crashed into the vehicle, flipping her kart. The Colorado State Patrol has been called in to assist the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

Taybor was a member of the Colorado Junior Karting Club, which was competing at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway with the track’s local club series. She also competed in the Rotax of the Rockies, Mile High Challenge Series, Racing the Rockies programs. Duncan recently competed at the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals in July at the New Castle Motorsports Park in the Micro Max division - finishing 16th.

“Tabor was a member of the Shockwave Karting Race Team. She absolutely loved to drive her kart. She would sit in her kart in the pit while her mechanic worked on it. In fact, she would stay in it all day expect when we had to set it on the ground or pick the kart up. When she showed up at the track, she would come running in to hug her mechanic and driver coach. That is how she said hello. My son Greg was her driver coach and a very close friend, Ian, was her mechanic. Together, they loved that little girl. This is tragic. Her family is a great family. As a father and racer, I can't imagine how they feel this morning. She will be remembered and missed,” commented Doug Welch of Shockwave Karting when contacted by EKN.

eKartingNews.com would like to send our condolences to the Duncan family along with the entire Colorado karting community. To express your thoughts, please publish them in the EKN Forums.
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Re: SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS!!!! A MUST READ

Postby Yaani-Mai Gaddy » Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:15 pm

That is a very sad & tragic story.

Fortunately for us NTK has an excellent safety record & we don't allow tow vehicles on the track while karts are racing. That is also why we don't allow kart stands to go on the track while karts are racing also.

It is an inconvenience to wait till heats are over before recovering parked karts & slows the program down a little but it is worth it to maintain a high level of safety.
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