KANSAS CITY, KS (July 2, 2001) - Kansas City, "The Heart of America" has more freeway miles per capita. With that kind of driving spirit, it's no wonder the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Engines driver Terry Cook...
KANSAS CITY, KS (July 2, 2001) - Kansas City, "The Heart of America" has more freeway miles per capita. With that kind of driving spirit, it's no wonder the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Power Stroke® Diesel Engines driver Terry Cook can't wait to get to the all-new Kansas Speedway.
"We're excited to be the division to open the Kansas City market for NASCAR," said Cook. "We are wanting to continually grow our fan base. The fans are the reason our brands are purchased. Our goal at K-Automotive is to run well and win with Power Stroke® Diesel Racing. We know that nearly 80 percent of our fan base are brand loyal. We hope the fans see the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel truck on the racetrack and identify with it the next time they consider purchasing a super-duty Ford truck."
The Kansas City event will be the first Cook and his K-Automotive team display the Power Stroke® Diesel Racing colors. The marketing alliance will also include races at New Hampshire Speedway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Nashville Superspeedway, Chicago Motor Speedway, and Kentucky Speedway. For Cook, who raced without sponsorship for the first 11 races of the season, the association is a welcome one.
"It's the first race for us with our new sponsor Power Stroke® Diesel and we definitely want to do well," said Cook. "The Power Stroke® Diesel is the best selling engine in the Ford F-Series Super Duty class and for them to partner with us is a real honor because it says they think we're the top Ford team in the division. We are fortunate to be a part of this program with Power Stroke® Diesel and their partners Garrett, Stewart Water Pumps, FabriSteel, Louisville Forge, Delco Remy and Karl Schmidt Unisia. This weekend we will have Garrett predominately displayed on the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel. Garrett is the world's leading manufacturer of turbochargers and thermal systems for cars, light trucks, and commercial vehicles. We are all looking forward to our first Power Stroke® Diesel race of the season and the beginning of a great alliance."
In addition to announcing the sponsorship deal last weekend at Milwaukee, Cook turned in a 4th-place performance in the GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile. Heading into the Kansas City event, the 33-year-old Indianapolis, IN resident is seventh in the season point standings, 184 markers out of first place.
"The truck we had at The Milwaukee Mile was one of my favorite trucks," said Cook. The K-Automotive team stepped up to the plate and a home run for our third Top-5 finish of the season. The pit stops were well organized and it kept us in the Top-5 the entire race. Now, we are looking forward to going to Kansas Speedway next week with our new sleek Power Stroke® Diesel Ford F-150."
At Kansas City, Cook will have really be on his game as he'll have a special passenger on board throughout the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250.
"We are going to have an in-truck camera on board with us," said Cook. "It's only the second time in my racing career that I have had an in-truck camera, so it's pretty special to me. It's puts everything in perspective for the fans from the driver's seat. The camera will allow the fans to feel like they are there as they ride along with me for the first time this season."
Cook and his No 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Saturday, July 7. The 12th of 24 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events this season will be telecast on ESPN and broadcast by MRN Radio.