Laguna Seca: Finlay Motorsports preview

MCDOWELL AND COSMO WORK TOWARDS VICTORY AT LAGUNA SECA MOORESVILLE, NC (May 2, 2006) -- With the race for the 2006 Rolex Series Championship in full swing, the crew of the No. 19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford- powered Crawford Daytona Prototype head...

MCDOWELL AND COSMO WORK TOWARDS VICTORY AT LAGUNA SECA

MOORESVILLE, NC (May 2, 2006) -- With the race for the 2006 Rolex Series Championship in full swing, the crew of the No. 19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford- powered Crawford Daytona Prototype head west to take on the 2.238-mile, 11- turn road course of the famed Laguna Seca Raceway. Coming off their first win of the season, winning the inaugural qualifying race at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday April 22, Michael McDowell and Guy Cosmo can't wait to see what their sleek machine can do at this weekend's running of the U.S. Sports Car Invitational.

"The next few races are going to be crucial to the Championship," said Michael McDowell. "We need to score as many points as possible and focus on catching the 23 and 01 cars. The team has been doing a fabulous job getting the car where it needs to be and we're definitely a threat for the win almost every weekend, which is awesome! It's going to be such a morale boost to have Memo at Laguna with us. This is his home track and that will definitely be an advantage for our team."

The Mooresville, NC -- based team currently sits in the third position in team points, a mere 1 point from taking over the second spot and just fifteen points out of first. Guy Cosmo, who is sitting in for the injured Memo Gidley, proved at Virginia International Raceway that he can handle the pressure. Cosmo started the VIR 400 from the pole position and kept the Playboy/Uniden/Palms -- sponsored machine toward the front his entire stint. McDowell went on to finish fourth in the race giving the team their second top-five finish of the weekend.

"I'm really looking forward to the race at Laguna Seca," said Guy Cosmo. "I was thrilled to have such a successful debut with the team at Virginia, and now that I've got one race under my belt the cockpit of the Playboy/Uniden/Palms car will feel like home this weekend. This week I'm on another tack I love and will be slipping back into a machine I know I can run up front in, so Michael and I will definitely be looking for win number two in the qualifying race and then we have some unfinished business in the main event. I want this win and I'm ready for the challenge!"

"The team's chemistry has been fantastic thus far and everyone has been very supportive and enthusiastic about my involvement. I can't say enough about the effort and dedication Memo, Michael and everyone involved has put into this program and I'm glad I get to play a role in the team's success."

Practice for the U.S. Sports Car Invitational is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 5 with the qualifying race to take place on Saturday. The 250-mile/112-lap/2 ¾ - hour time limit race is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. start and will be televised live on Speed at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Guy Cosmo , Michael McDowell