Cook, Keselowski team up for Fontana

Auburn Hills, MI (October 22, 2000) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veteran Terry Cook will join forces with Bob, Ron and Kay Keselowski, owners of K-Automotive, for the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series finale October 28th at California ...

Auburn Hills, MI (October 22, 2000) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veteran Terry Cook will join forces with Bob, Ron and Kay Keselowski, owners of K-Automotive, for the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series finale October 28th at California Speedway. K-Automotive also fields the Mopar backed entry driven by Dennis Setzer. Cook, who earlier this week sought and received his release from SealMaster Racing, will drive K-Automotive's #29 Dodge Ram and views his teaming with the Keselowski family as a return to his racing roots. "Our family is from just outside Toledo, and the Keselowskis are from just an hour up the road in Detroit," said Cook. "From the time I was old enough to go to the races with my dad, our family was racing against or with Bob and Ron Keselowski, and I've always respected the way they ran their operation. They're great people and really tough competitors. That's what it takes to be successful in racing today. We've all got a lot in common in where we came from and the way we approach racing. From the time I started in the truck series, I've always been able to go and talk with Bob or Ron and get good advice." Both Cook and the Keselowskis are looking to firm up their plans for the 2001 season. Cook has left SealMaster Racing, the team he has driven for since 1996 in the Craftsman Truck Series. Meanwhile, K-Automotive is seeking a primary sponsor after it was announced in August that Daimler-Chrysler's Mopar sponsorship would not return to the team for 2001. "I've made the decision to move on from SealMaster but at this point, I don't have anything firm lined up for next year," said Cook. "Likewise, the Keselowskis are looking for a primary sponsor for their effort. Bob, Ron, and I have been talking off and on for a while now and I think we all look at this situation as an opportunity for all of us to prove that we have what it takes to be front runners in this series. I'd like nothing better than to have the situation develop where a sponsor comes on board so I could drive for the Keselowskis next year. Even if that doesn't work out, this is an opportunity for me to help them attract a sponsor and for them to give me great equipment to show what I'm capable of to teams still looking to sign a driver for next year. If I can help them attract a sponsor and they can help me land a first class ride, even if its not together, we both win." Team co-owner, Bob Keselowski shares Cook's views and his enthusiasm. "It's no secret, we're actively looking for a sponsor for next year," said Keselowski. "I've known Terry nearly all his life and think he's got what it takes to be a regular winner in the truck series. I'd love to have a deal come together where we could have Terry in our trucks full time because I know he'd be a force to be reckoned with every week in our equipment. We're looking at this as an opportunity to help each other. We'd like to be able to work together, there's no doubt about that." The Motorola 200 will take the green flag at 4:00PM EDT on Saturday, October 28th. The event will be carried live on ESPN2 and MRN.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Terry Cook