FOUNTAIN, CO (May 13, 2001) - Pikes Peak International Raceway has been a mixed bag of success and disappointment for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Terry Cook. "I've qualified well at Pikes Peak in the past and I have ...
FOUNTAIN, CO (May 13, 2001) - Pikes Peak International Raceway has been a mixed bag of success and disappointment for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Terry Cook.
"I've qualified well at Pikes Peak in the past and I have experienced some decent runs there," stated Cook, driver of the No 29 K-Automotive Ford. "We started 21st last year and ended up taking home a 17th-place finish. We struggled to find the right combination for horsepower, aerodynamics and handling. I have never had a good finish at Pikes Peak, but I 'm going there with the K-Automotive team this year in their equipment and I'm very optimistic about my chances."
K-Automotive team owners Bob, Kay and Ron Keselowski's are no strangers to the one-mile D-shaped oval snuggled at the base of the Rocky Mountains. One of team's eight Top-5 finishes last season occurred at PPIR.
"The Keselowski's know from their previous years of experience that tire conservation has been key at PPIR," stated Cook currently third in the NASCAR Craftsman Points Standings. "They also know that the track is very smooth and fast. Sometimes how fast we really run there can be deceiving. The track itself is a tri-oval, which means you also have to have plenty of horsepower. It's a tough place, but we have the kind of experience to do well there."
Cook enjoys racing at Pikes Peak International Raceway almost as much as he like visiting the speedway's scenic location.
"I look forward to racing at Pikes Peak because the panoramic view is amazing," said Cook. "You can literally sit in the stands at Pikes Peak and it seems like you can see for 15 miles. It is interesting because you can be in Pikes Peak while the sun is shining and it's 80 degrees. Then you can look off to the West or East and only a few miles away you can see a major lightening thunderstorm. You can see the storm, but it's too far away to hit. Or, all the sudden rain may creep up on you over the Rocky Mountains and before you know there's sunshine again. The fact that the weather changes so quickly along with the view makes it an interesting place to race and visit."
While Cook will be up for seeing the sites, the first order of business will be to continue a string of top early-season performances.
"If we stay out of trouble this weekend, we should have a good run," said Cook "We have been fortunate to stay out of trouble in the previous six races. We've got 17 more to go after this one and a lot can happen."
The Jelly Belly 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway will be telecast live Sunday, May 20 on ESPN and will be broadcast live by MRN Radio beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.