Cook, K-Automotive Ford Ready For Festive Milwaukee Event WEST ALLIS, WI (June 23, 2001) - Throughout the year, Milwaukee hosts more than a dozen major festivals at its famed Lakefront Festival Park. This weekend, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...
Cook, K-Automotive Ford Ready For Festive Milwaukee Event
WEST ALLIS, WI (June 23, 2001) - Throughout the year, Milwaukee hosts more than a dozen major festivals at its famed Lakefront Festival Park. This weekend, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Terry Cook will be looking to stage his own festival when he and his No. 29 K-Automotive Ford tackle the GNC Live Well 200 at the famed 'Milwaukee Mile.'
"Milwaukee is special to me because it is where I made my first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start," said Cook of his 1986 NCTS debut in which he finished 12th. "We actually had a pretty good day for our first race ever. We finished only a couple of positions shy of a Top-10 finish. I am excited to be racing the Milwaukee Mile this year with Ron, Bob and Kay Keselowski's K-Automotive Group for the first time. They have put some great equipment under me and we've been able to finish in the Top-10 six out of 10 races we've run so far this season. We've had some great runs this year and we've had a few misfortunes. We are hoping for a good run at Milwaukee."
The Milwaukee race will also take on an additional festive tone for Cook and the K-Automotive group when the team, unsponsored for the first third of the season, will make a major sponsorship announcement.
"It's really important for us to be able to unveil a new sponsor at The Milwaukee Mile," said Cook of the Friday, June 29 announcement. "It's nice we picked this venue because of my history I have here. Also, Milwaukee is fairly close to home being I am from Indianapolis. Without giving too much away, Milwaukee is also close to our new sponsor's home. It's a unique opportunity for both of us to unveil the new sponsorship there. We are looking forward to a big weekend and getting a lot of exposure for everyone involved in this special program."
Last year, Cook started seventh in the Sears Diehard 200 and ran in the Top-10 all day only to see his effort go sour when he was involved in a Turn 1 incident on Lap 149. Cook gamely soldiered on, but the damaged limited him to just 188 of 200 laps and a 21st-place finish.
"The track is a tough track to race because it lulls you into it so easily," said Cook currently seventh in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Standings. "It is a high breaking track and the corners are relatively flat. Because it is a one-mile track, you are hauling going into the corners. You don't realize how early you have to hit the brake before the corners. Generally, you will try to focus on that aspect in practice and get used to braking. The track in itself is a very smooth. You take the start finish line and you drive into Turn 1, which is noticeably the trickiest of all corners. It's almost like there's a corner off of the corner. You drive in there and you turn and you start to roll free a minute then you have to turn again. Another key to Milwaukee is really being able to accelerate off of Turns 2 and 4. Milwaukee is definitely a momentum track."
A Ford truck has won the previous three events at Milwaukee, a fact that hasn't escaped Cook, who will be trying to score his first win since capturing the Stevens Beil 200 at Flemington (NJ) Speedway in 1998.
"We got that first win early in my career (his 34th NCTS start) and it seemed like we'd just keep rolling and have a lot more than that by now," said Cook "It hasn't turned out that way and at times has been a real struggle. That's all different this year. I've got a great team in K-Automotive and we've been knocking on the door for a win all season. It's just a matter of time before we get one and Milwaukee would be the perfect place. We've got everything going for us there - history, a fast truck, and the momentum of a new sponsorship deal. Look for us to be one of the trucks to beat at Milwaukee."
The GNC Live Well 200 at the Milwaukee Mile will be telecast on ESPN and broadcast by MRN Radio beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Saturday, June 30.
Editor's Note: Please view attachment for an invitation to the No. 29 K-Automotive Team's primary sponsorship announcement, July 29.