ALMS Podium Progress for Cosmo at Infineon 18 July 05--Guy Cosmo and teammate Jamie Bach finished third in the LMP2 class this weekend in round five of the American Le Mans Series in their Mazda-powered Sportsbook.com Courage at the...
ALMS Podium Progress for Cosmo at Infineon
18 July 05--Guy Cosmo and teammate Jamie Bach finished third in the LMP2 class this weekend in round five of the American Le Mans Series in their Mazda-powered Sportsbook.com Courage at the spectacular Infineon Raceway. After winning in just their second race with the Mazda/Courage combination earlier this season, the Infineon result was not what Cosmo and the B-K Motorsports squad had been hoping for, but the weekend provided plenty of encouragement for the future.
Racing on the twelve-turn, 2.53-mile natural terrain circuit in Northern California was even better than Cosmo had been hoping for in the powerful and ultra-light LMP2 car. Cosmo, who took a dramatic win on the tricky road circuit en route to winning the 2002 Star Mazda Championship, quickly adapted to the increased speed of the Sportsbook.com machine as he prepared for Sunday's two-hour and forty-five minute long race.
"It was awesome," enthused Cosmo. "Obviously everything happened much faster in this car than in the Star Mazda. You were getting to every corner faster, carrying more speed through the esses, and I could really push the car under braking, so it was just a blast. There was no time for a break anywhere on the track as you were always doing something. Infineon Raceway is extremely challenging and as a driver, you really feel rewarded after a days work here."
The podium finish enabled Cosmo and Bach to score points for the race, something that a small mechanical issue kept them from doing in the Lime Rock event, as the American driving duo are now third in the LMP2 championship standings. Some of the action for the B-K Motorsports team was off-track during the weekend, as the team continues to plan and prepare for the 2006 season.
"The guys were really focused and efficient, and everyone was encouraged about how much progress we made with the car during the weekend," said Cosmo. "I am optimistic about the opportunities that we are working toward for this car and this team for next year. We are learning a lot every weekend about the car and hopefully we can continue to build and develop this program with partners like Sportsbook.com and Mazda to be regular contenders next season."
With three American Le Mans Series races in five weekends, July is a busy month for Cosmo, who will race next at Portland International Raceway on the July 29-31 weekend. Cosmo will be unable to participate in the Grand Am Cup race that same weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, but will be returning to Cup competition with co-driver Mark Plummer in August.