Racing to Victory

1 decade 2 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, September 23 2007 Sep 23, 2007 Sunday, September 23, 2007 11:11:02 PM CDT September 23, 2007 in Sports
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To race bikes at more than 60 miles an hour, you have to have confidence. Wayne Cook says his son has had it from the start.

"I asked him if he wanted to go watch a race, and he said no I don't want to watch it, I want to race in it, and he hadn't had much experience, you know, I didn't know what to do, and well he wants to try it, I'm going to let him try it, and I let him do it and he made it through it," said Nic's father Wayne Cook.

Later this month Nic competes in Alabama for one of 20 spots on Red Bull's motor bike race team. Confidence in hand.

"I've been watching street bike and I look up to Rossi," said Nic Cook.

That's Valentino Rossi, motor bike's top rider and a guy Cook wants to race like.

"No, I'm going to try and be better than him," said Cook.

Red Bull chose Nic out of more than 600 applicants for a chance at earning a sponsorship, but it hasn't always been a smooth ride for Nic.

"I'm extremely proud of Nic. He's come such a long way. When he was two he was diagnosed as autistic. He was born perfect, I hadn't had any problems, he was reaching every milestone perfectly, he was talking, and then suddenly he just stopped," said Nic's mom Tina Cook.

"It's phenomenal where he is from where they diagnosed him where he wouldn't even be able to do what he does today back when he was two. So I'm ecstatic about what he's accomplished and where he is," said Nic's father.

The Autism slows his learning, but on the bike he's always in full drive.

"I didn't want to push him and be a parent that pushes him beyond and he gets hurt and so I let him do it on his own grounds. This year he really came into his own by pushing himself to go faster and faster and he's done really well with it," said Cook's father.

Nic says he's going into the competition full throttle.

"So bad I'd rather give up all the stuff I have. I want to go down there and race. I really want to do it," said Cook.

But even if Nic doesn't win his family knows he has already beat the odds.

"In my eyes he's already won. It doesn't matter what happens down there. He's got the possibility to do something that only a few kids get to do. I'm really thankful and proud that he's got that opportunity, said his father.

Nic finds out Tuesday if Red Bull selected him to race for its team.

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