Mark Klenin, driver of the No. 62 Schomp Auto/Invisible Glass/Premier Copier Klenin Performance Racing Aston Martin GT4 was awarded the prestigious Jim Cook Award — an annual award honoring the memory of James Edwin Cook (1939–1985) — at the Pirelli World Challenge Awards Banquet held recently in Monterey, Calif. following the finale race weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The award is presented at season’s end to the driver who has made significant contributions to the overall success of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships through promotional activities and a consistent display of good character and sportsmanship.
Klenin began his Pirelli World Challenge career in 2012 and has steadily increased his presence in the series and in 2015 entered his fourth year of competition running his own team in GTS competition. In the highly competitive class, Klenin finished 15th overall recording a season best result of 11th in Round 2 at Circuit of the America. Additionally, in a number of races, Klenin had the 7th or 8th fastest race lap and had it not been for a bit of bad luck may have finished higher in those races. He also posted his best qualifying session of 2015 for the final race of the year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca qualifying 10th out of 28 drivers.
“I was shocked to find they were talking about me when my name was called to accept this award,” said Klenin. “I’ve always felt privileged to race and surround myself with the level of drivers and caliber of people in the PWC arena. For the last four years since I began racing in total this has been an incredible experience and I treat all staff, drivers and teams with the up most respect. Winning this award has taken me by surprise and I feel very privileged to be this year’s recipient of the Cook award.”