Cook visits sponsor

KNOXVILLE, TN (August 2, 2000) -- Transmission Technology Corporation (TTC) will shift into high gear on Thursday, August 9th with a visit from NASCAR Craftsman Truck driver, Terry Cook. This will mark the second time the driver of the...

KNOXVILLE, TN (August 2, 2000) -- Transmission Technology Corporation (TTC) will shift into high gear on Thursday, August 9th with a visit from NASCAR Craftsman Truck driver, Terry Cook. This will mark the second time the driver of the #88 Chevrolet, who is sponsored by PickupTruck.com and TTC, has visited the Knoxville plant this year. "We visited the TTC's Knoxville facility right after the event at Martinsville," said Cook. "To be honest with you, I was really down after a disappointing finish. We'd run solidly in the Top-10 all day and got taken out by a lapped truck that lost its brakes, just a few laps from the finish. The TTC folks were just so positive and pumped up about being involved with our team, that it completely turned me around. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and inspired me to put the bad break we had at Martinsville behind and tackle the rest of the season head on." Starting at 11 AM, the #88 SealMaster Race Team transporter will be on display along with the NASCAR truck that will be raced that following Saturday at Nashville Speedway USA. Terry Cook and Amy East, a pit reporter for ESPN, as well as David 'Frank' Quay, the team's rear-tire changer, will be available for autographs, photographs and a Q&A session. "When I think about the 2000 season, TTC has been a huge part of the success our team has had," Cook offered. "TTC was actually the first sponsor to come on board with our team this season, right before Daytona. I think having them involved played a big part in pumping up our whole team, and as a result we had a terrific run and finished 4th. The next week at Homestead, they were back with us again, and we took a brand new truck that hadn't ever been to a race track and posted another solid top ten finish." PickupTruck.com joined Cook's team as the primary sponsor beginning at the Phoenix race, and TTC moved to an associate sponsorship role. According to Cook, that really doesn't accurately characterize the role they've played. "TTC has been behind us every step of the way this season, through the good runs, and the not so good ones," said Cook. "You don't know how much it means to a driver and a team to have someone support you the way TTC has. To stand behind us and encourage us every step of the way, even when we were going through a streak of terrible luck like we did earlier in the season, means so much. When you're going through something like that you don't expect the kind of encouragement and support they provided, and that tells a lot about the type of an organization TTC really is." TTC transmission brands, TREMEC and Spicer, are used in other race circuits: National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA), Fun Ford Weekend (FFW) Drag Racing, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), Stock Car Club of America (SCCA), Speedvision and the world famous Viper Team Oreca (Dodge) competing at Le Mans and in American Le Mans Series. TTC is also the official transmission supplier of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving (mustang cobras and GT cars), the Women's Global GT Series and the Panoz Race Schools (3). "TTC has been active for a number of years in various motorsports programs. Partnering with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has provided us a great opportunity to reach our heavy-duty target audience," said Lee Davis, TTC's Vice President & General Manager. "People recognize Spicer brand transmissions. Now, we want to make sure they associate the brand with TTC. We need are building on our Spicer heritage while making TTC a household name. This program has help create that awareness," continued Davis.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Bob Bondurant , Lee Davis