Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford back to school before tackling Texas. GRAND PRAIRIE, TX (September 9, 2002) - Terry Cook will take a detour on his road to trying to win the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship when he addresses ...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford back to school before tackling Texas.
GRAND PRAIRIE, TX (September 9, 2002) - Terry Cook will take a detour on his road to trying to win the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship when he addresses students from Lincoln Technical Institute this Thursday at Grand Prairie (TX) Ford.
"It's always exciting for myself to mix with fans and students of the diesel engine industry," said Cook, driver of the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford in NCTS competition this season. "This is a grass roots environment for me because this is where I came from. It provides us with a different avenue for a sponsorship program to have fun, learn and grow. It should be very educational for the students because they will learn about career opportunities in the diesel industry. Also, Lincoln Technical Institute's diesel program will be a recipient of a 7.3-liter diesel engine courtesy of International Truck and Engine Corporation, makers of the popular Power Stroke Diesel."
"This is a great opportunity for the students to go out and see what careers are available to them in the field," said Troy Mennis, Education Supervisor at Lincoln Technical Institute. "Working with Power Stroke Diesel and Grand Prairie Ford has provided a wonderful opportunity for the students. We emphasize here that a principle is a principle and a theory is a theory. In the diesel engine class we want to make sure they understand the why, the how and the theory behind how the diesel engine works. We are looking forward to Thursday morning."
After talking shop with Lincoln Technical at Grand Prairie Ford's facility, Cook will be back to racing at the ultra-fast, state-of-the-art Texas Motor Speedway Friday. A good day's work for the Power Stroke Diesel team will be to keep their championship momentum rolling after finishing fifth at Richmond International Raceway last Thursday.
"We are looking to walk away with a top finish," said Cook who finished 13th in the spring NCTS race at Texas earlier this season. "We have always ran well at Texas, but it seems like we have had some kind of misfortune each time out. We've been working hard on our superspeedway package and we were fortunate to participate in the Ford test at Chicagoland in August. We learned some concepts there that we can apply to the Power Stroke Diesel Ford at Texas."
So far this season, Cook has scored two Bud Pole Awards, four wins, eight Top-5s and 14 Top-10s in 16 starts. Cook's best start at Texas is a fourth (6/8/01) and his best finish is sixth (10/15/99). His K-Automotive team won at Texas in June 1999 with Dennis Setzer handling the driving chores.
"With the exception of the first two races, the season has been great for us," said Cook who is second in the NCTS points standings. "It's a good feeling to overcome a deficit early on and be at this level heading into the last six NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events. We have worked as hard as we can to achieve our goals. We didn't know how far we would be able to climb back up the ladder, but we are near the top and that's pretty amazing considering how the season started. I'm really happy for Power Stroke Diesel by International and K-Automotive because this has been a successful partnership and we are just getting started."
The Silverado 350 will be telecast by ESPN2 on a same day, tape delayed basis at 11:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Friday. The race will be broadcast live on MRN at 9 p.m. EDT.
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.