BGB Motorsports Ready for Phoenix Grand Am Cup at Phoenix
Team Toiled Around the Clock to Repair Badly Wounded Car
(DeLand, FL - April 6, 2004) It is not without irony that the #38 BGB Motorsports Porsche would rise like the fabled bird to compete in Grand American Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, Friday, April 9. Team drivers Guy Cosmo and Mark Plummer will once again pair up in hopes of regaining ground in their championship quest.
The car was nearly destroyed in an incident during Round 2 at Homestead on March 28. The Florida-based team had nine days to repair and prepare the car before loading for Phoenix. Team Manager Duane Neyer initially had his doubts that the car would be ready in time.
"It's very unfortunate we got caught up in somebody else's mistake," said Neyer. "Looking at it on Sunday at the track, I was somewhat suspect we would be able to fix it at all. It was on the frame machine by Monday afternoon. They did a fantastic job getting it back to us under a deadline. The car is actually better now, since we were able to do some upgrades. I think it sets a very positive tone for this race. It shows a commitment level of the team."
Guy Cosmo, who was at the helm when the incident at Homestead occurred, is equally optimistic.
"We're disappointed with what happened in Homestead," said Cosmo. "As we did at Daytona, we had a very competitive car and had a lot of enthusiasm for the race. We showed once again that we would be a very strong package. I think the Homestead incident is a testament to BGB Motorsports in that they completely rebuilt a very badly wounded racecar that's now ready to race."
Qualifying for the Phoenix Twin 200s will be held this Friday at 1:15 p.m. The Phoenix Grand Sport 200 will get underway on Friday at 6 p.m. The Phoenix Twin 200s will be broadcast on SPEED Channel April 18 at 6 p.m. ET.
A resident of Dallas, Texas, Mark is a full-time college student. In 2002, he achieved immediate success in the SCCA. He began racing in the Grand Am Cup Series in 2003. As a rookie, he earned his first professional racing win in 2003 at Virginia International Raceway driving an STI class BMW-Z3 for BGB Motorsports.
Guy Cosmo has earned a reputation as a flexible driver who quickly adapts and succeeds in different formats and vehicles. In addition to his 2003 Grand Am Daytona Prototype podium finishes and his Grand Am Cup wins, he has been an active driver in other road racing series. He was the 2002 Star Mazda Series Champion where he also served as a test driver in the development of the new Star Mazda formula race car.
In 2001, Guy finished in the top-ten in three of his four Toyota Atlantic starts, including the daunting street circuits at Long Beach and Houston. In 2000, he was the Mygale works development driver in the Scandinavian Formula 2000 series, scoring two poles, two wins, and 14 top-five finishes on his way to a second place finish in the championship. In 1999, he won the US F2000 American Continental Championship.