SCC: Mid-Ohio: BGB Motorsports preview

(Lexington, OH - August 4, 2004) Team BGB Motorsports has two drivers on board with impressive winning records at Mid-Ohio for the upcoming Grand American Cup Series race, Sunday, August 8. The race is part of the EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing...

(Lexington, OH - August 4, 2004) Team BGB Motorsports has two drivers on board with impressive winning records at Mid-Ohio for the upcoming Grand American Cup Series race, Sunday, August 8. The race is part of the EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic. The track is regarded as one of the most difficult and technical courses to master. Both Guy Cosmo and Michael McDowell have impressive winning records there.

19 year-old Michael McDowell is coming off a recent victory at Mid-Ohio in the Star Mazda Series. McDowell will be paired with Robert Finlay in the #83 GS class BGB Motorsports Porsche 996.

In 2002, Guy Cosmo was nicknamed "Mr. Mid-Ohio" when he annihilated the Star Mazda field by out-qualifying the outside polesitter by more than a full second and lead the race flag-to-flag, pulling one second on the field each lap. Cosmo also secured his 1999 FF2000 American Continental Championship at Mid-Ohio with his class win.

Team Manager Duane Neyer expressed great confidence in his drivers.

"I feel very confident having both McDowell and Cosmo on board," said Neyer. "It's going to be an extremely difficult race with 64 cars out there. It gives me a good sense of comfort since they are adept getting through traffic at unusual places."

"I'm pretty confident that all the theories that make me so fast around Mid-Ohio in an open-wheel car will apply in our Porsche," added Cosmo. "Mid-Ohio is a track that needs to be driven properly and precisely to be fast. There are lots of little secrets that need to be taken advantage of, and it doesn't matter what car you're in. I think the general handling characteristics of our Porsche 996 will suit Mid-Ohio very well. I'm really looking forward to this race."

Guy Cosmo's co-driver in the #38 BGB Motorsports Porsche 996, Mark Plummer, is looking to his teammate for insight.

"This is my second trip to Mid-Ohio, both of which being with BGB," said Plummer. "Although I've been there before, I'm still looking in Cosmo's direction for his vast experience and success he has had through his career at Mid-Ohio."

Speed Channel will offer tape-delayed coverage of the Mid-Ohio 250 Grand-Am Cup race at 12 Noon ET on Sunday, August 15. Live Timing & Scoring data for every session is available on the official web site of the Grand American Road Racing Association, www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Guy Cosmo , Michael McDowell , Mark Plummer