TOUGH OPENING DAY FOR EXTREME SPEED MOTORSPORTS AT BALTIMORE
BALTIMORE, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 - Extreme Speed Motorsports qualified ninth and 13th in the GT class for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, with both of the team's cars struggling with gearing issues on the new street circuit in downtown Baltimore.
Johannes van Overbeek qualified ninth with a top lap of 1 minute, 34.151 seconds, 78.002 mph in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari F458 Italia. Guy Cosmo qualified 13th at 1:38.674, 74.427 in the No. 02 Tequila Patrón Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari F458 Italia.
Dirk Werner won the pole at 1:31.362 in a BMW M3 GT.
The Baltimore Grand Prix starts at 4:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday. The two-hour race will be broadcast live at 4:15 p.m. in the United States on ESPN3.com and delayed at 4 p.m. (ET) and 2 p.m. (PT) Sunday on ABC.
Van Overbeek will team up with Scott Sharp in the ESM No. 01 entry in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón race, while Ed Brown will join Cosmo in the No. 02 car.
Both ESM cars were slowed by gear ratio issues at this inaugural event on the new 12-turn, 2.04-mile temporary circuit, which circles the Baltimore streets near such landmarks as the Inner Harbor and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. A gearbox leak also reduced track time for the No. 02 ESM Ferrari, including for Cosmo during qualifying.
Cosmo was credited with only three laps during the 15-minute qualifying session. He was forced to forfeit his last two flying laps - which included his best time - for missing the chicane shortly before the start-finish line while trying to push the No. 02 Tequila Patrón Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari F458 Italia up the grid.
"Today was a pretty bad day for us," Cosmo said. "We had a few issues that kept us from getting the cars on track for most of the limited track time and are just behind the 8-ball heading into tomorrow. But we are Tequila Patrón Extreme Speed Motorsports, and tomorrow is a new day. And that sounds like a recipe for redemption to me!"