Fuel Problems Hinder Cosmo's Championship Hopes - ...
Fuel Problems Hinder Cosmo's Championship Hopes - #127 Fountain Motorsports BMW ST salvages a top-10 finish at Barber Motorsports Park.
Guy Cosmo saw his championship hopes move farther away Saturday at last week's Grand American Road Racing Association's KONI Challenge Series race at Barber Motorsports Park. Cosmo went into the event sitting sixth in the KONI Challenge Series championship standings. While he continues to hold on to that spot, the leaders are pulling away in points. Cosmo has finished in the top 10 each of his last seven starts, a streak that began with the #127 Fountain Motorsports Trackmasters/Hawk Brakes BMW 330i's victory at Iowa Speedway.
Cosmo was second quickest in the first practice on Thursday. However, as other teams improved their setups and times, the #127 Fountain Motorsports Trackmasters/Hawk Brakes BMW 330i was not advancing at the same pace.
"We continue to learn our way through the BMW and find what it wants for the varying conditions at each track," expressed Cosmo, "so it was a weekend of us facing handling issues throughout practice and qualifying. Regardless, the team worked hard and VJ (Mirzayan) qualified the car 13th."
VJ started the race and put in a solid drive during his stint. When he pitted for fuel and a driver change, the trouble began.
"The fuel just wasn't filling at the rate it should," said a frustrated Cosmo. "It was taking more than a full minute to fill the tank. Unfortunately, that sealed the deal for us. I left pit lane a lap down. I hustled to make up ground on the few cars in front of me, but there just wasn't much to gain."
Without any caution periods during the entire race, the Fountain team saw their chances of regaining positions fade.
"That was it," said Guy. "It was pretty much over. Fortunately, my race-pace was faster than the leaders, and I was actually closing the gap on the race leader. Seeing him in front of me provided me with some hope of getting my lap back."
"I do have to give the team credit, though," continued Guy. "Once again they proved that come race time, the Fountain Motorsports BMW is always there. It just didn't play out for us this weekend."