Cosmo Ready for Prime Time in Portland
ALMS Race to be shown LIVE on SPEED Channel Saturday Night
28 July 05--Guy Cosmo is looking forward to making his Portland International Raceway debut this weekend, as the 2002 Star Mazda Series Champion will be racing his Sportsbook.com-sponsored Mazda-powered Courage in the LMP2 class of the American Le Mans Series with B-K Motorsports in the Grand Prix of Portland on Saturday evening with teammate Jamie Bach. Cosmo and Bach have one class win to their credit so far this season, and are hoping to return to the podium once again this weekend on the twisty 1.967-mile Portland International Raceway circuit.
Adding to the excitement for Cosmo is the fact that the race will be shown LIVE on SPEED Channel in prime time on Saturday evening.
"I have never raced at Portland before, but I grew up watching my childhood Champ Car heroes race there" said Cosmo. "I'm really excited to finally race at Portland and put my name in the history books at such a great track. Even though we have had three races this month, I know the team has continued to develop the car and I am eager to get back to work. Being on SPEED Channel LIVE on prime time on a Saturday is a nice bonus, too, and hopefully it will generate even more excitement about the race and our Sportsbook.com Mazda."
For Cosmo, the only downside of the Portland event is that it will keep him from his 'other' race car, the BGB Motorsports Porsche 996 he pilots with Mark Plummer in Grand-Am Cup competition. The Cup series is racing in Birmingham, Alabama, this weekend but Cosmo knows that Plummer will still have a good teammate.
"I hate not being there with the BGB Motorsports guys, but Craig Stanton will be stepping in for me and I know he'll do a great job, and hopefully they'll have a good run down there."
Cosmo will be able to return to the Grand-Am Cup for the remainder of the season with Plummer beginning with the next round as part of the Trois-Rivieres weekend in Canada August 5-7.
The Portland Grand Prix will be broadcast LIVE on SPEED Channel from 8 to 11 p.m. EDT, the first time an ALMS race has been broadcast in prime time. Qualifying is scheduled for 2:55 to 3:40 p.m. PDT on Friday. American Le Mans Radio and Live Timing and Scoring will be available at www.americanlemans.com.