Davy Cook season review

A little misfortune for Davy Cook to end wonderful season. (Montreal, Canada) August 29, 2002 - Davy Cook, 20 of Tallahassee, Florida, avoided a flipped car in Sunday's Barber Dodge Pro Series race and as a result was passed by the entire field...

A little misfortune for Davy Cook to end wonderful season.

(Montreal, Canada) August 29, 2002 - Davy Cook, 20 of Tallahassee, Florida, avoided a flipped car in Sunday's Barber Dodge Pro Series race and as a result was passed by the entire field and only left with one lap to go after the restart.

As has become traditional in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, the young up and comers from across the world all ran the rubber off the Michelin tires in lockstep once again. Just past the halfway point of the Montreal race finale, the field was headed down to the tight 35 mph hairpin corner when chaos occurred. Cook had a run on German Quiroga out of the previous chicane while Mexico's Telmex driver Memo Rojas also had a run on 3rd place runner and Canadian Dan Dileo. Both went defensive and Rojas and Dileo made contact sending the Canadian to the outside. Cook and Quiroga were forced to make evasive action. However, German got the short end of the stick as he and Dileo went wheel-to-wheel sending him in the air. Cook was not able to turn back for the corner with all the mayhem until the exit, but that's when and where Quiroga ended on his head. Cook's #16 Motorsport.com machine got pinned under the flipped car and had to wait for German to climb out before he felt safe to reverse and continue. As a result, Cook joined the field 19th and was only given one lap to make a final run after the restart to end the season. The young American came home in the 15th spot to end the race.

In the last 4 rounds, Cook dropped from 2nd in the Championship to 7th as the list of misfortunes grew in Montreal. The Floridian had been taken out twice from behind in two of the last four rounds along with having a mechanical DNF (Did Not Finish) in round 2 to go along with the Montreal result. Of the other 6 races, Davy Cook showed his consistency with a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th place finish on the season.

"I have no regrets," explains Cook. "Montreal was a blast as was the entire season. The Barber Dodge drivers were so closely matched among the top 10, especially during the races, that it made it the time of my life."

"Thanks goes out to the Sliderule Motorsports team of Mike Zimicki, Christian Szymczak, Jon Vannini, and Jon Fogarty as well as all the coaches and test car drivers at Barber Dodge for all my success and fun I've had these last two years," continued Cook. "They definitely have helped get me closer to reaching my potential in my short three year racing career. Not only have I acquired a lot of knowledge from them, they made it a lot of fun. That makes me a better driver because that allows them to push me to my limit and make me work a little harder. It's been an amazing experience and I hope I can demonstrate how much they've taught me by having success in the future."

Round 8 of the Barber Dodge Pro Series from Mid-Ohio will be televised this Saturday, August 31st at Noon EST on the SPEEDCHANNEL in an hour broadcast.

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Series Barber Pro
Drivers Jon Fogarty , Christian Szymczak , German Quiroga , Davy Cook , Memo Rojas , Jon Vannini