INDIANAPOLIS (July 22, 2002) - Despite AJ Allmendinger's large point lead in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, competitors Davy Cook and Marc Breuers believe they still have what it takes to capture the season championship as the series heads into its...
INDIANAPOLIS (July 22, 2002) - Despite AJ Allmendinger's large point lead in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, competitors Davy Cook and Marc Breuers believe they still have what it takes to capture the season championship as the series heads into its final four races of 2002.
Although Allmendinger has captured four victories in six races this season, Cook vaulted to second place in the season rankings with his win at Cleveland on July 13th, a victory that put him 41 points behind Allmendinger. Breuers, by way of consistent top-10 finishes, finds himself third in the standings, 43 points back. Cook and Breuers look to this weekend's event at Vancouver's Concord Pacific Place as the next step in tracking down Allmendinger.
"Without a doubt, we have a tough road ahead of us," says Cook, a 20-year old from Tallahassee, Fla. "I think the key is not to get overly concerned with what he (Allmendinger) is doing but rather just make sure we get the job done. After that, we can see where he ends up. There is plenty of time and points left for me, but I've got to keep moving closer.
"I enjoy street courses, so Vancouver should be another positive weekend," continued Cook. "Plus, my confidence is riding high after my first Pro Series victory at Cleveland. Hopefully, we can ride this momentum to the championship."
Likewise, Breuers realizes he needs to get his job done before worrying about Allmendinger.
"AJ has certainly put himself in a prime position," comments Breuers, a native of Philadelphia. "However, my number one priority is constantly improving my race craft and putting myself in a position to win. If I accomplish that, I am fully confident we can make up the points and challenge AJ.
"No matter what happens, this is an extremely competitive championship and it is an accomplishment to be in the heart of the season battle," continued Breuers. "There are easily six or seven drivers who can move up to the next level. In the end, I just want to complete the season on a strong note and look towards moving up to the Toyota Atlantic Championship in 2003."
If Cook and Breuers plan to use Vancouver as their launching pads back into the Pro Series championship fight, they will have to improve on last year's performance in the British Columbia city. Both drivers qualified in the top ten but were taken out of competition in a first corner, first lap accident. Allmendinger, on the other hand, finished in sixth place in one of his three Pro Series starts in 2001.