GUY COSMO ATLANTIC DEBUT TO BE FEATURED IN ESPN2 BROADCAST Guy Cosmo caught the attention of many motorsports professionals, including ESPN2, during his CART Toyota Atlantic debut at Long Beach, April 7, 2001. He posted a competitive ninth place...
GUY COSMO ATLANTIC DEBUT TO BE FEATURED IN ESPN2 BROADCAST
Guy Cosmo caught the attention of many motorsports professionals, including ESPN2, during his CART Toyota Atlantic debut at Long Beach, April 7, 2001. He posted a competitive ninth place finish despite the fact that it was his first opportunity to drive an Atlantic and his first ever on the treacherous street circuit. ESPN2 will broadcast the CART Toyota Atlantic race on Sunday, April 15th at 2:00 PM EST. The race will be rebroadcast on April 18th at 1:00 PM EST.
World Speed Motorsports team owner Chuck West put Cosmo in the #15 Martini Sunglasses / Ironclad Gloves car less than one week prior to the event after an impressive test session at Buttonwillow. West was extremely pleased when Cosmo was third quick in the second qualifying session. Because of the wet track conditions, Cosmo was unable to improve his starting position.
"He caught us off guard," said West. "We had heard of Guy Cosmo, but his performance really surprised us. The chemistry between Guy, our lead engineer and our primary driver, Grant Ryley, was excellent."
Guy Cosmo started from 12th and moved quickly up through the field, avoiding the turn one melee. For the remainder of the race, Cosmo was part of a nose-to-tail four-car train. Guy described the track as very difficult to pass.
"It was pretty tight," said Cosmo. "The two cars involved in the incident were right in front of me. Fortunately I moved to the inside and avoided contact. Afterwards, we were all very evenly matched. Passing was difficult and I wasnt sure where in the world I was going to be able to pull one off. I could run up on the gearbox of the car in front of me, but I just didnt have enough to edge them out into the corner. Regardless, I had an absolute blast!"
Cosmo says his racing tactic was more conservative since he felt he was still orientating to the car.
"The car is still extremely new to me. During the race, I leveled my performance to a pace where I was comfortable and consistent. I absorbed enough to make small and safe improvements, but I didnt want to push too hard and risk hurting the car. I feel that with one more test day I could be very competitive."
Although this is Cosmos first race in a Toyota Atlantic, he has demonstrated his aptitude in several different formulae. In 1999, Guy Cosmo distinguished himself as one of the hottest young drivers in the US when he won the US F2000 American Continental Championship, notching five victories in the process. Also that year, he tested in Indy Lights and was selected as a test driver for Dunlop tires.
In 2000, the 23 year-old Long Island based driver spent ten months in Denmark as the Mygale works development driver in the Scandinavian Formula 2000 series. While there, he scored two poles, two wins, and 14 top-five finishes on his way to a second place finish in the talent rich Scandinavian open-wheel series championship.
In 2001, he has contested the Star Mazda series for Racers Edge at Texas Motor Speedway and Sebring. Cosmo finished third at Sebring in only his second Star Mazda series start. Guy has tentative plans to continue in the Star Mazda series and is currently exploring marketing partnerships for three of the remaining Toyota Atlantic races, including Montreal, Toronto and Houston.