Pole Position Plus a Fourth Place Finish For Cosmo / Baker in American Le Mans Challenge at Road America Guy Cosmo's second straight pole position with a qualifying lap of 2:16.098 proved not to be enough to get the job done for The Time ...
Pole Position Plus a Fourth Place Finish For Cosmo / Baker in American Le Mans Challenge at Road America
Guy Cosmo's second straight pole position with a qualifying lap of 2:16.098 proved not to be enough to get the job done for The Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase at Road America. Cosmo, who won at Road America in Star Mazda during the 2002 season, was installed in the ORBIT Racing prepared No. 47 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup during a yellow flag stop just 1 hour and 7 minutes into the race. Suffering an off track excursion early in the race the team fell several laps down. After literally driving the wheels of the car, Guy was able to push the team into a fourth place finish.
"John [Baker] had been making great strides all weekend," said Guy Cosmo referring to his teammate. "The off was just one of those racing things. The rest of the race was business as usual- setting a fast pace and being ready to pounce on any on-track opportunity if it presented itself. Unfortunately, there was no opportunity to be had this time. On a big track like Road America, where no one really gets slowed by traffic, making up time is pretty tough. No worries, we're on to the next one!"
Road America is by far the fastest circuit on which the Challenge cars have competed. The speed differentials - particularly in the corners - are more drastic than the field has seen.
"Road America is such an amazing race track, though," Guy continued. "It was fantastic to see each class of cars running in packs of five and six cars at a time. Everyone can carry so much speed and draft down the long straights, then setup for passes in all the brake zones, there's action everywhere, it's wild... and a whole lot of fun."
"There's no doubt in my mind," said Cosmo, "we definitely had the car to beat. The car felt good right off the transporter. John and I were able to provide the guys from Orbit Racing good feedback allowing them to methodically keep dialing it in throughout the week. It was fast, comfortable and handled extremely well. We just couldn't buy the break we needed to take the top step on the podium. This is a never quit group though. Qualifying for the pole here and at Mid-Ohio is all the proof we need. We know we can win in this division."
As with any successful race driver, Cosmo continually seeks new driving opportunities. With 2009 winding down, Cosmo is actively pursuing a ride for 2010.
"I'd really like to have an opportunity to race in a prototype or GT2 car," expressed Cosmo. "These four races participating in the American Le Mans Challenge have really wet my appetite. It's hard to be around the paddock and the equipment and not want to get back in it. There's really nothing else like it and I know I have the talent to help one of these teams get to victory lane.
The ALMS made held a press conference this weekend announcing a progressive step designed to keep ahead of the rest of the industry. The Series plans to overhaul its four-class structure beginning with the 2010 season. The four classes will be Le Mans Prototype (LMP), Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC), Grand Touring (GT) and Grand Touring Challenge (GTC).
"The new class structure sounds very promising," said Guy. It will be interesting to see which teams join the ALMS and how the rules package will shake out. Hopefully, I can get an opportunity for the remainder of 2009 and find something full-time for 2010."