Watkins Glen: Guy Cosmo race report

GUY COSMO WRAPS UP FINLAY MOTORSPORTS STINT WITH A 'SPLASH' AT THE GLEN DETROIT - After lending his talents to the ...

GUY COSMO WRAPS UP FINLAY MOTORSPORTS STINT WITH A 'SPLASH' AT THE GLEN

DETROIT - After lending his talents to the #19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Daytona Prototype racing team throughout the month of May, Guy Cosmo joined up with Finlay Motorsports' #5 Make-A-Wish/Z-Line Designs team for the Grand American Rolex Series at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Rob Finlay, Michael Valiante and Cosmo started the Sahlen's Six Hours at the Glen in the sixth position with Valiante behind the wheel.

On what could only be described as a cold, windy, wet and miserable day, Cosmo took over after Valiante's double stint. With no wet weather experience in the car, Cosmo took on the treacherous conditions and began working his way through the field. Cosmo managed to push the car back into the top-10 before turning the #5 machine over to Rob Finlay.

"My first time driving a Daytona Prototype in the rain was when I strapped into the #5 car about 2 hours into the race," said Cosmo. "There's nothing quite like leaving pit lane and having to figure it out on the spot! But, I welcome that kind of challenge and really enjoyed the wet racing."

Valiante took over from Finlay and while he ran some very impressive lap times in the final stage, he unfortunately fell just shy of a top-10 result, finishing 12th. It should be noted, Valiante's last lap of the race was his quickest of the day.

"Michael and Rob did a great job in the car," continued Cosmo. "I think if it weren't for getting caught out on a few pit stops we would have been right up there at the finish."

"This was good weekend for me, but a bit of a sad one as well," said Cosmo reflecting on his time with Finlay Motorsports. "My name was still on the #19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms car this weekend as the third driver in the lineup, and team owner Rob Finlay entered me as the third driver on the #5 Make-A-Wish/Z-Line Designs Ford Crawford to drive along side he and Michael Valiante as well. Obviously, we're all happy to see Memo has recovered, but that means I relinquish the steering wheel back over to him."

"I can't thank Rob Finlay and everyone at Playboy Racing enough, as well as the Make-A-Wish/Z-Line Designs team. It's been a great six weeks with great results."

Cosmo is actively pursuing other opportunities to compete in the Daytona Prototype field.

"I'm confident my performance here in Grand Am has shown teams I'm capable of running up front in this series. I'm excited about discussions currently on the table and hopeful I'll have the chance to contribute to another team's success."

-www.guycosmo.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Michael Valiante , Guy Cosmo , Rob Finlay