Davy Cook, 20 of Tallahassee, Florida, set the qualifying track-record and took his first win at the Cleveland Burke-Lakefront Airport circuit in round 6 of the Barber Dodge Pro Series this past Saturday. After surrendering the lead in the first...
Davy Cook, 20 of Tallahassee, Florida, set the qualifying track-record and took his first win at the Cleveland Burke-Lakefront Airport circuit in round 6 of the Barber Dodge Pro Series this past Saturday.
After surrendering the lead in the first corner of the opening lap, Cook took his Motorsport.com car to point on lap six after a full-course caution and proceeded unchallenged for the rest of the race. At one point, the young American opened up a 3.5 second margin over second place. That cushion was enough for him to maintain the lead and hinder 2001 Formula Dodge National Champion, Julio Campos, from ever getting close enough to mount a threat. Outside polesitter and Sunoco driver Marc Breurs recovered nicely from an early loss of positions that sent him down to seventh on the opening lap to track down Campos making an exciting finish. A.J. Allmendinger and Rafael Sperafico rounded out the top-5.
"I'm so happy to have gotten my first win," explains Davy. "It was a perfect day for me. I snagged the 3 year-old qualifying record and then won my first race. I got interviewed on the podium in front of thousands of fans. Later went to the 'Winners Circle' to be interviewed by fans for an hour along with CART drivers Oriol Servia, Christian Fittipaldi and Tony Kanaan as well as the Toyota Atlantic point's leader Michael Valiante. I received an awesome trophy and enough points to take 2nd place in the Championship."
"There has been so much work put into this by the Sliderule Motorsports team of Mike Zimicki, Christian Szymczak, Jon Vannini, and Jon Fogarty as well as all the coaches and test car drivers at Barber Dodge," continued Cook. "Without the support and knowledge I have gained from them, I know I would not have just had the best day of my life. The monkey is now off my back and I am looking to string a few of these wins together in the final four races of the season to capture the Championship."
Cook regains seconnd place in the Championship after having lost it when he got his only mechanical problem of his 3-year race career, which ended his day with two laps to go at Lime Rock. He now has a first, second, third, fourth, and fifth place finish this year.
Rounds 3 and 4 of the Barber Dodge Pro Series from Laguna Seca Raceway and Portland International Raceway will be televised this Saturday and the following, respectively, July 20th and 27th, at 3 pm EST on the SPEEDCHANNEL in an hour broadcast.
The Barber Dodge Pro Series heads to the streets of Vancouver to contest round 7 of 10 in support of the CART FedEx Series.