ORLAND PARK, IL (February 11, 2003) - Less than a week after taking on Daytona International Speedway, Terry Cook will roll his No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford NASCAR Craftsman Truck entry into Jerling Junior High School's gymnasium for a...
ORLAND PARK, IL (February 11, 2003) - Less than a week after taking on Daytona International Speedway, Terry Cook will roll his No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford NASCAR Craftsman Truck entry into Jerling Junior High School's gymnasium for a safety, technology and career presentation.
"Visiting Jerling Junior High after racing at Daytona is a fun way to start out the 2003 season," said Cook of his appearance that will take place at Chicago area school Tuesday, February 18. "Jerling is in the hometown of my sponsor's company International Truck and Engine Corporation."
"I am looking forward to visiting the junior high school because I enjoy interacting with young adults," continued Cook. Students are very impressionable and it's a great opportunity for me to discuss career objectives explaining different avenues they can pursue by staying in school and getting a well-rounded education."
Cook's main goal in addressing the sixth through eighth grade students will be to stress the advantages to studying hard and establishing goals. Along the way, Cook will try to bring some of the excitement of NASCAR racing into the classroom.
"Power Stroke Diesel engines and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series incorporate a lot science and technology, topics that are important to students in today's modern world," stated Cook. "At Jerling Junior High, some of the teachers like Ms. Stellato are already using NASCAR-based themes as a teaching tool in some classes. Recently, Ms. Stellato showed her students footage from a NASCAR event to help explain Doppler Radar. It's these kind of teaching techniques that make learning easier and more fun for the students. Hopefully, our visit will also spark the student's interest in NASCAR and make them fans of the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford."
"NASCAR is really catching on in this area and to have somebody who is well known as Terry Cook gives the students a sense of identification to achieving what they are dreaming about," stated Dennis Soustek, Jerling Junior High principal. "The students will be able to relate with Terry linking his message back to everyday life and what education really means for them. The message is not only about career education relating to what Terry's doing, but his achievements provide motivation for students staying in school, studying hard and working hard. Many times the students look for immediate results for self gratification instead of long term, but Terry's achievements show that education really pays off."
Cook's visit to Jerling Junior High School will be the first of several school visits the Pittsboro, IN resident will make this season. Last year, Cook took his "winning through education" message to several locations around the country, including a junior high school near St. Louis, MO. and an adult technical school in Dallas, TX.
"I'm really fortunate to be associated with a great sponsor like Power Stroke Diesel that believes in these kind of community programs," said Cook. "We had a great time doing the school visits last year. I don't know who got more out of it - the students or me. It's very gratifying to me personally to go to these schools and bring a positive message to the students."
Cook will open the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, February 14. The event will take the green flag at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will be telecast live on the Speed Channel. MRN Radio will also broadcast the race worldwide.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TRUCK AND ENGINE COMPANY International Truck and Engine Corporation is the operating company of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV). International Truck and Engine is a leading producer of mid-range diesel engines, medium trucks, heavy trucks, severe service vehicles, and a provider of parts and service sold under the International® brand. The company also is a private label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. Additionally, through a joint venture with Ford Motor Company, the company will build medium commercial trucks and currently sells and services truck and diesel engine parts. International Truck and Engine has the broadest distribution network in the industry. Financing for customers and dealers is provided through a wholly owned subsidiary of Navistar. Additional information can be found on the company's Web site at www.InternationalDelivers.com.