(Lime Rock, Connecticut) May 29th, 2002 - Second place finisher in the first round of Barber Dodge action, Davy Cook, ran strong all weekend to gather valuable points towards the championship at Lime Rock Park, when a stuck throttle ended his ...
(Lime Rock, Connecticut) May 29th, 2002 - Second place finisher in the first round of Barber Dodge action, Davy Cook, ran strong all weekend to gather valuable points towards the championship at Lime Rock Park, when a stuck throttle ended his weekend.
The 19 year old Floridian challenged hard for a podium position throughout the intense race for the lead between the top five competitors. Early on in the action, pole sitter A.J. Allmendinger led the snake of cars swiftly through the 1.53 miles circuit. Hustling for positions was taking place behind the American in hopes to be the one to challenge him for the lead. Cook garnered 3rd spot from Raphael Sperafico by capturing it with a bold outside pass in turn 3, right behind 2nd place veteran runner, Marc Breurs. The position was held for just a few moments as the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series Champion, Nilton Rossoni, came from 5th and timed his run to get by both drivers on the following straightaway. As fate would have it, lap traffic and a mechanical problem would mix things up in the end. The five drivers played the hand they were dealt with Allmendinger taking the win followed closely by Breurs, Sperafico, Rossoni and rookie Julio Campos. With 2 laps to go, a stuck throttle forced Cook off in turn 3 and as a result was unable to finish.
"There's no doubt I learned a lot as that never seems to end", explains Cook. "It was my first mechanical DNF (Did Not Finish) in my 3-year career and I guess it was about time. I thought I drove well in the race and it certainly was a lot of fun. Running up at the front surrounded by tough competition really gave me good experience with race-craft and keeping most of my concentration forward. The throttle stuck a few corners before we went full course-caution late in the race so I was as prepared as could be for what to do in all circumstances. My coach, Mike Zimicki, was on the radio explaining what to do and when I finally went off I knew to shut off the master switch to kill the greedy throttle. All in all it was a learning experience that should only help me when I return to my home track at Laguna Seca in one week."
The young American looks to capture his first win in round 3 at Laguna Seca Raceway next weekend. Cook proved last year that he can navigate the 2.24 miles circuit quickly when he challenged Sepp Koster, Toyota Atlantic driver, for 2nd place all the way down to the wire.