Guy Cosmo Heading "Home" For The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix
The American Le Mans Series, after its traditional break for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, returns to racing with Round 3, the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, on July 9. When Guy Cosmo puts the No. 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports Patrón Ferrari 458GT through its paces at Lime Rock, there'll be a certain sense of "home." Originally hailing from New York, Cosmo honed his racing skills in the Northeast and logged countless laps at the historic Lime Rock track.
"I'm not sure if it's because of the long break since Long Beach or the excitement of heading home," said Cosmo, "but I'm pumped. Obviously it's great to be heading home, but climbing back behind the wheel of this ESM Patrón Ferrari 458 continues to be a thrill. With all the driving I do throughout the year and the variety of cars I drive, knowing I'll be driving one of the baddest Ferrari's on the planet at a legendary sports car course like Lime Rock… it just doesn't get any better."
This will be the eighth year of the American Le Mans Series Presented by Tequila Patron at Lime Rock Park. The track is a fast lap of up the hill and down again - a track that looks deceivingly simple but is immensely challenging to drive quickly. Unique in that it is only 1.5 miles in length, Lime Rock offers up only eight corners and the lap times are typically under a minute. With the high-tech ALMS cars, negotiating your way through traffic can and will make all the difference in the outcome of your day.
Looking back, the 2010 trip to Lime Rock was not a banner weekend for the No.02 Patrón Ferrari F430. Ever-changing conditions and limited track time had everyone chasing their set-up and suffering from the heat. Teams practiced and qualified in the rain while race day was dry, hot and humid. It was a tough weekend for everyone.
"We've put last year behind us," said Cosmo referring to the 2010 stop at Lime Rock. "I think we have a better handle on the 458 and results from recent testing have been very encouraging. We should roll off the trailer fairly close to race ready. Everyone at ESM is very optimistic. We'll be ready."
Guy will not be the only one enjoying the trip home. Teammate and ESM driver/owner Scott Sharp also has family history at Lime Rock. Scott went to his first race at Lime Rock Park when he was just 6 months old to watch his dad race in a variety of GT cars.
"We have lots of friends and family that come out to support us," noted Guy. "Just having everyone here along with all the guests from Patrón to experience the excitement of an American Le Mans Series race first hand, is great. I think it gives the whole team an emotional lift."