Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford drive home key themes to students MADISON, IL (May 2, 2002) - Madison Middle School students and teachers welcomed Terry Cook, driver of the No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry,...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford drive home key themes to students
MADISON, IL (May 2, 2002) - Madison Middle School students and teachers welcomed Terry Cook, driver of the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry, to their school today. Cook enthusiastically delivered some important messages to an audience of nearly 400 students, teachers, and local media.
"I would like to thank everyone at Madison Middle School for letting me be a part of their day today," said Cook, who is in the St. Louis area for an NCTS event at Gateway International Speedway Sunday, May 5. "This was a great opportunity for me to give a presentation to the students and share some of my experiences with them. I feel so very fortunate to be able to be living my dream being a NASCAR driver. I know that it sounds like such a cliché to most kids these days when they hear adults tell them that they can grow up to be whatever they want to be. My message to them is that having a dream is just the first step that represents an ultimate goal, and that a good education, and earning a diploma is what it will take to reach that goal."
Cook was able to get that message across to the students in an interactive program that included videos, safety demonstrations, and a chance for everyone at the school to see his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel race truck up close. Along with his "stay in school" message, Cook briefly gave a science and environmental lesson about diesel engines.
"It's always fun to learn something new," said Cook, a diesel mechanic before becoming a NASCAR driver.
Cook also signed autographs, posed for photos, and hoped that the students at the school would help cheer him on to a victory at Gateway this weekend.
"Dr. Gary Allison, Principal Byron Walter, and the entire staff of the Madison School District should be commended for caring so much for their students to take the time and effort to arrange these types of programs for them," said Cook, "I get to stop by their school for an hour, or so to connect with the kids, they play a big part in the lives of these children every day."
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the Ram Tough 200 NCTS event at Gateway International at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Sunday. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and will be broadcast worldwide by MRN Radio.