Chris Cook (racing driver)

Chris Cook (racing driver)
Chris Cook
Born December 23, 1971 (1971-12-23) (age 39)
Phoenix, Arizona,  United States
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
2 races run over 4 years
Best finish 72nd - 2005
First race 2005 Dodge/Save Mart 350 (Sears Point)
Last race 2011 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sears Point)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
12 races run over 5 years
Best finish 78rd - 2006
First race 1999 Lysol 200 (Watkins Glen)
Last race 2009 Able Body Labor 200 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of October 31 2011.

Chris Cook 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and other racing series, specialising in road course racing.


Personal life

Cook was born in Phoenix, Arizona on December 23, 1971.[1]


Cook was the youngest driver to become a chief instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.[2] He has competed in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship and in late model stock cars at Nashville Speedway USA,[3] as well as in selected NASCAR events, and in the Formula D championship.[4] Cook is best known in drifting for a wreck at the 2007 NOPI Drift Los Angeles in which his Dodge Viper flipped, knocking Cook unconsious.[5]


After making a name for himself as an instructor for NASCAR drivers in road course racing,[2] including instructing Tony Stewart in the art of road course driving,[6] Cook made his debut in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in 2005 at Infineon Raceway, driving for Joe Nemechek and finishing 28th.[7][8] 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,[9] and finishing 27th.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]


  1. ^ "NASCAR Drivers - Chris Cook". NBC Sports. STATS LLC. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Marty (3 January 2002). "Road Warrior: Chris Cook teaches Cup drivers". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  3. ^ "Chris Cook". Thousand Oaks, CA: RacingWest. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Chris Cook Slides Into Formula D". IGN Cars. San Francisco, CA: IGN Entertainment. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  5. ^ Kaehler, Justin (5 July 2007). "NOPI Drift Los Angeles". IGN Cars. San Francisco, CA: IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  6. ^ Joe Gibbs Racing (23 June 2004). "Tony Stewart: Dodge/Save Mart 350 preview". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  7. ^ "Nemechek hands driving coach Cup opportunity". Little London, Silverstone, Northants: Crash Media Group. 5 January 2005. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  8. ^ "2005 Official Race Results : Dodge/Save Mart 350". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  9. ^ Adamczyk, Jay. "#37 Team News and Links". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  10. ^ "2011 Official Race Results : Toyota/Save Mart 350". 26 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Adamczyk, Jay. "2006 Telcel-Motorola 200 presented by Banamex - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 

External links

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