Podium Momentum for Cosmo in Final ALMS Round at Mazda Raceway Monterey, CA (October 15 05)--After taking a podium finish in his Petit Le Mans debut two weeks ago, Guy Cosmo will be wrapping up his rookie run in the LMP2 ranks this weekend in...
Podium Momentum for Cosmo in Final ALMS Round at Mazda Raceway
Monterey, CA (October 15 05)--After taking a podium finish in his Petit Le Mans debut two weeks ago, Guy Cosmo will be wrapping up his rookie run in the LMP2 ranks this weekend in the final American Le Mans race of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Monterey Sports Car Championships. Cosmo will once again team with Jamie Bach in the BK-Motorsports Sportsbook.com Mazda/Courage.
With a twenty-two point deficit to the lead, Cosmo still has a mathematical chance at taking the LMP2 title, but he knows that after not participating in the opening round of the season at Sebring, he has a big hill to climb to overtake Clint Fields' lead and take the title.
"It's good to know that we have the possibility of winning the championship, but we would have to have a lot of things happen that just aren't in our control, so we are really just focusing on doing as good a job as we can and seeing where the chips fall," said Cosmo. "There will be a lot of folks from Mazda on hand for the race, and no matter what happens with the championship, we have made a lot of progress this season with the car, and hopefully we can finish the season with another strong result."
The tight 2.238-mile circuit on the Monterey peninsula is most famous for its 'Corkscrew' corner, which dives seventy-five feet as the drivers make a fast left-right-left and take off down the back section of the track and is a favorite for the fans, and for the drivers.
"We have raced this Mazda/Courage on some amazing tracks this season, and running at Mazda Raceway is a great way to finish the year because it's just another fantastic venue for the drivers," said Cosmo. "I also have a lot of experience running in traffic here after finishing fifth from dead last on the grid in Star Mazda, and I know that this is going to be a busy place during the race."
The weekend will get underway with practice on Thursday, with qualifying slated for 2:10 PM local time in advance of Saturday's race, which will run into the darkness, with the four-hour event getting started at 3:15 local time (6:15 ET).
The race will be televised on Sunday, October 16th beginning at 1:00 ET on Speed Channel.
Cosmo made his final start of the 2005 Grand Am Cup season last weekend at Virginia International Raceway driving the BGB Motorsports Porsche with Mark Plummer, and came home a disappointed twentieth after a penalty was applied post-race.
"We had a small pit infraction during our pit stop early in the race, and they penalized us by ten seconds after the race was over," said Cosmo. "The race finished under yellow, so it was a big penalty as far as positions. It was a disappointing way to finish the season, but we ran strong. It was another outrageous race, though, with the rain really taking away any visibility we had out there. But VIR is a great track, and I had a good time in the car."