Lime Rock Park
Bittersweet Homecoming For Cosmo at Lime Rock
Guy Cosmo wasn't feeling a whole lot of love after Saturday's American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. With co-driver Ed Brown and the No. 02 Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458GT caught up in an early race melee, it was in the hands of the No. 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports to make the necessary repairs. Brown and Cosmo combined a brilliant effort with determination to finish 11th on the day.
"Today was just another one of those days where things don't go your way," sighed Cosmo. "Ed [Brown] was doing a great job running consistent laps and keeping a good pace getting through traffic when he got clobbered by an LMPC car. A number of other GT cars were collected in the incident, unfortunately leaving Ed an innocent victim."
The No. 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports / Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458GT suffered a broken rear suspension in the incident. Brown was able to get the car to pit lane where the Extreme Speed Motorsports crew got to work on repairs. About 21 laps later the car was ready to roll and Ed went back out… if only to get some valuable seat time.
An hour later Cosmo climbed behind the wheel to complete the remaining hour and fifteen minutes.
"As always," noted Cosmo, "I really enjoyed pushing the Ferrari to it's limits and dicing it up with all my compatriots out there. Unfortunately my efforts weren't really gaining us anything except for a handful of positions. Still, a finish is important and certainly better than none. Of course that was thanks to the ESM guys that work on the No. 02 car."
All wasn't lost for the Extreme Speed team as whole though. Team owner Scott Sharp and co-driver Johannes van Overbeek enjoyed a solid run in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458GT grabbing a 4th place finish on the day.
"I'm really happy for the No. 01 crew along Scott and Johannes," added Guy. "We're a two car team and what's good for one is good for all… so we're extremely proud of our sister team's result."
"Lime Rock has not been very nice to me for several years now," Cosmo observed. "I'm not sure how I'll feel coming back next year. It's a shame. Technically it's my 'home' track, having grown up on Long Island, NY. This is where all my friends and family have a chance to come and cheer me on. I can say when we do come back, I'll be on a mission!"