Chris Cook (racing driver)
Chris Cook (born December 23, 1971) is an American professional race car driver and driving instructor, who instructs at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and competes irregularly in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and other racing series, specializing in road course racing.
|Born||December 23, 1971|
|NASCAR Cup Series career|
|5 races run over 4 years|
|Car no., team||No. 51 (Rick Ware Racing)|
|Best finish||45th (2018)|
|First race||2005 Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Sears Point)|
|Last race||2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|15 races run over 7 years|
|Best finish||78th (2006)|
|First race||1999 Lysol 200 (Watkins Glen)|
|Last race||2016 Zippo 200 at The Glen (Watkins Glen)|
|Statistics current as of November 18, 2018.|
Cook was the youngest driver to become a chief instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. He has competed in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship and in late model stock cars at Nashville Speedway USA, as well as in selected NASCAR events, and in the Formula D championship. Cook is best known in drifting for a wreck at the 2007 NOPI Drift Los Angeles in which his Dodge Viper flipped, knocking Cook unconscious.
After making a name for himself as an instructor for NASCAR drivers in road course racing, including instructing Tony Stewart in the art of road course driving, Cook made his debut in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in 2005 at Infineon Raceway, driving for Joe Nemechek and finishing 28th. He failed to qualify for several other races in 2005, 2006 and 2011 before qualifying for the 2011 Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon, substituting for Tomy Drissi in the Max Q Motorsports #37, and finishing 27th. He is one of the drivers referred to as a "road course ringer", specialist drivers who often replace regular NASCAR drivers at the two road course races on the tour schedule.
Cook has also competed in twelve races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (formerly the NASCAR Busch Series) between 1999 and 2009, with a best finish of 20th at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City in 2006 while driving for John McNelly.
Cook has also competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona, running for Rick Ware Racing in the 2012 edition of the event; he finished 38th in the race. Later in 2012 he returned to the Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 19 Toyota for Humphrey Smith Racing at Sonoma Raceway, finishing 42nd; he also drove for Rick Ware Racing in the Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen International in August.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
24 Hours of DaytonaEdit
|24 Hours of Daytona results|
|2012||GT||15||Rick Ware Racing||Ford Mustang|| Timmy Hill
|256||51 DNF||38 DNF|
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- Smith, Marty (3 January 2002). "Road Warrior: Chris Cook teaches Cup drivers". NASCAR.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
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- "Chris Cook Slides Into Formula D". IGN Cars. San Francisco, CA: IGN Entertainment. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- Kaehler, Justin (5 July 2007). "NOPI Drift Los Angeles". IGN Cars. San Francisco, CA: IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- Joe Gibbs Racing (23 June 2004). "Tony Stewart: Dodge/Save Mart 350 preview". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Nemechek hands driving coach Cup opportunity". Crash.net. Little London, Silverstone, Northants: Crash Media Group. 5 January 2005. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "2005 Official Race Results : Dodge/Save Mart 350". NASCAR.com. 26 June 2005. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- Adamczyk, Jay. "#37 Team News and Links". Jayski.com. ESPN. Archived from the original on 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
- "2011 Official Race Results : Toyota/Save Mart 350". NASCAR.com. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- Coble, Don (24 June 2006). "Chevrolet takes road-course "ringers" to a new level at Infineon". Savannah Morning News. Savannah, GA: Morris Communications. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- Adamczyk, Jay. "2006 Telcel-Motorola 200 presented by Banamex - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez". Jayski.com. ESPN. Archived from the original on 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- Marquis, Andy (January 27, 2012). "Port Tobacco's Timmy Hill to Compete in Rolex 24 at Daytona". TheBayNet.com. Lexington Park, Maryland. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Telford, Todd (June 21, 2012). "Marin Motor Sports: Novato native gets a chance to shine on big stage". Marin Independent Journal. San Rafael, CA. Archived from the original on June 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- "Zippo 200 at The Glen Entry List". Motor Racing Network. August 6, 2012. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
- Nguyen, Justin (2018-06-19). "Chris Cook, Tomy Drissi return to Cup Series at Sonoma". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved 20 June 2018.