Phoenix: Finlay Motorsports race report

McDOWELL AND COSMO FINISH SIXTH AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PHOENIX, AZ (May 13, 2006) -- The GAINSCO Grand Prix took place earlier this evening under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway. Guy Cosmo, filling in for the injured Memo...

McDOWELL AND COSMO FINISH SIXTH AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

PHOENIX, AZ (May 13, 2006) -- The GAINSCO Grand Prix took place earlier this evening under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway. Guy Cosmo, filling in for the injured Memo Gidley, started the 2 ¾ -hour time limit race from the sixth position and continued to run in that position until he radioed the crew on lap 19 about a problem with the ignition. Cosmo quickly fixed the problem and continued his charge back through the pack.

When the caution flag flew on lap 32, Cosmo brought the No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford-powered Crawford into the pits for a routine pit stop and driver change. Hometown favorite, Michael McDowell climbed behind the wheel and peeled out of pit lane on his way to rejoin the battle. McDowell powered the popular orange and black machine into the third position and was attempting to pass the 12 car for second when he was hit from behind sending him into the 12 car.

Unfortunately the incident forced the No.19 machine to loose a few positions and the Mooresville, NC -- based team were forced to settle for a sixth place finish. The team will next compete at Watkins Glen International Raceway on Saturday, June 3rd.

MICHAEL MCDOWELL -- "We had a good run going tonight; it's just unfortunate that we were involved in that incident during the closing stages of the race. I was trying to pass the 12 car for second but a GT car bumped me and sent me into the 12 car. We had a good podium run going but there are a lot of races left and we'll get back up there."

GUY COSMO -- "It was another strong finish for the Playboy/Uniden/Palms machine. The race was going really well until the motor just shut off, I had to recycle the master switch and restart the motor as I was driving between turns 5 and 6. The track was a little slick and very busy with all the GT traffic making it difficult to pass. It was like a swarm of bees on one flower out there."

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