Guy Cosmo season wrap-up

Guy Cosmo Finishes Out The Grand Am Season On A High Taking 2nd Spot On The Podium Guy Cosmo wrapped up his season in the Grand Am Rolex Series with a second place finish in the season finale at the Miller Motorsport Park in Salt Lake City, ...

Guy Cosmo Finishes Out The Grand Am Season On A High Taking 2nd Spot On The Podium

Guy Cosmo wrapped up his season in the Grand Am Rolex Series with a second place finish in the season finale at the Miller Motorsport Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Re-joining the Playboy Racing/Uniden/Palms team for the sixth time this season, Cosmo continued to show his skills and prowess piloting the demanding Daytona Prototype cars.

"It was an honor filling in for these guys (Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley) throughout the season," noted Guy. "But it was an extra treat for all three of us to share the #19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms car together and celebrate on the podium. Memo and Michael are both outstanding drivers and the Finlay Motorsports team and crew is one of the best out there. I'm glad that Rob Finlay and Steve Cameron gave me this opportunity to race with them both this weekend."

"What a great race, and the perfect way to cap off the season," Guy continued. "Even though I was in the car when the power steering began to let go, our #19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms car was outstanding during the whole race. It was fast and very consistent throughout our stints. Our Ford motor was strong and reliable the whole way. When the power steering let go, it became difficult to hang on for 23 turns per lap, but we didn't let it stop us. I think this weekend really showed what we're made of."

"Our pit stops were flawless as well" said Guy, passing credit on to the team. "Today was nearly the perfect day for us. Negotiating the course and squeezing through GT traffic while battling for position in this tight Daytona Prototype field is some of the most exciting racing I've ever done."

Reflecting on his first visit to Miller Motorsports Park, Guy tipped his visor to the new facility.

"The track is immaculate, challenging, a lot of fun to drive, and quite demanding as well," noted Guy. "The facilities are incredible and it's easy to say Miller Motorsports Park has become one of the premier race tracks in North America. It was the perfect venue for this 9-hour event, and I can't wait to race here again."

2006 was only the beginning:

"Having not had any plans to compete in Grand Am at the beginning of this year I've wound up with a really great season," said Cosmo, looking back. "Being chosen to drive the #19 Playboy/Uniden car both with Michael and Memo for six events and co-driving with Bobby Labonte at Spirit of Daytona Racing for three events in between has been a terrific opportunity. I've worked with some really great people and managed to run nearly the entire season. In a field with so many of today's best racing drivers I've had a blast running up front and mixing it up with them."

"I really want to thank Troy and Michelle Flis at Spirit of Daytona Racing and Bobby Labonte," said Guy, "And thank Rob Finlay and Steve Cameron at Finlay Motorsports, as well as Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley. This was an exciting season and I look forward to contesting the entire Daytona Prototype championship in 2007."

As Guy's Grand Am season draws to a close, there is still plenty of work to do over in the American Le Mans Series. Guy will join his teammate, Jaime Bach and the B-K Motorsports team as they re-join the Series for the remaining two events at Road Atlanta for the annual 10 hour running of the Petit Le Mans and the season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Having suffered considerable race damage at Lime Rock, the team has been on hiatus making improvements and repairs to their Mazda powered Courage LMP2 car.

-credit: www.guycosmo.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Guy Cosmo , Michael McDowell , Rob Finlay , Steve Cameron