Terry Cook has new motivation to win

Indianapolis, IN -- April 29, 2002 -- ESPN pit reporter Amy East and her husband Terry Cook, driver of the Power Stroke Diesel Ford in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, have announced they are expecting an addition to their family after the ...

Indianapolis, IN -- April 29, 2002 -- ESPN pit reporter Amy East and her husband Terry Cook, driver of the Power Stroke Diesel Ford in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, have announced they are expecting an addition to their family after the completion of the current racing season.

"Terry and I had discussed having children at some point in the future," said the excited mother-to-be. "We know that with our busy schedules, that if it didn't happen this year it would probably be a couple of years before we had this type of opportunity. We haven't been trying all that long, and we both feel very fortunate to have it work out the way it did."

"Our entire family is so deeply involved in racing, so it is so nice to have this timed the way it is," she continued.

The timing could not have worked out any better.

"Our due date is December 25, Christmas Day," she said. "We couldn't ask for a better Christmas gift. And it is timed out perfectly, right in the middle of the off season. That way, I can continue with my duties with ESPN and be at all of the events with Terry. I plan to be on pit road when the season starts up at Daytona in 2003, too."

The expectant father says the upcoming addition to the family definitely gives him an added incentive on the racetrack.

"You know the old saying, baby needs a pair of new shoes?" Cook asked. "Well, at this point baby needs new everything! I really need to start collecting those wins and top-5s, and fast, to help furnish the baby's nursery, don't I? Maybe we can ask the Power Stroke folks if they want to sponsor Amy and the baby to help defray some of the costs," Cook said with a smile.

"In all seriousness," Cook continued, "I have never been at the start of a racing season and couldn't wait for it to be over. It's usually the other way around; you just don't want it to end. Now, that last race at Homestead can't get here soon enough. The best part of the whole thing is knowing we will both be together at the track week in and week out and I will be there by Amy's side the entire time. Winning races is great and what every racer is in this business for, but it truly doesn't match the happiness we both feel right now."

The child will be the first grandchild for the East family, and the first great-grandchild for the Kennedy family.

When asked what the couple is hoping for, boy or girl, Cook summed it up nicely.

"Right now, we are both praying for ten fingers and ten toes. As long as we have a healthy baby, we will both consider ourselves to be very fortunate."

-tcr-

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