Watkins Glen II: Guy Cosmo preview

Guy Cosmo Back With Bobby Labonte At The Glen For The Crown Royal 200 This week, the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve returns to Watkins Glen International for the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen on ...

Guy Cosmo Back With Bobby Labonte At The Glen For The Crown Royal 200

This week, the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve returns to Watkins Glen International for the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen on Friday night (SPEED, 9 p.m. ET). Cosmo will team up with NASCAR Champion, Bobby Labonte, in the #09 Spirit of Daytona Pontiac Crawford sponsored by AMD.

In his last visit to The Glen Guy Cosmo had to fight nasty whether. In fact, more often than not, Guy's 2006 Grand Am Series challenges have all come with added drama by way of the weather. Be it smothering heat and humidity or blinding rain... or both, Cosmo continues to demonstrate why he ranks as one of the most successful and versatile young racing drivers in North America.

"Last time we were here it was awfully wet," remarked Cosmo. "I'm not sure if anything I learned will translate to this weekend, but my comfort level in the Daytona Prototypes has come along way since earlier in the year when I first jumped in to cover for Memo Gidley after he suffered an injury at Long Beach. Plus, I think Bobby and I are continually finding ways to get the car to where we're both comfortable and finding a common ground that closely suits each of our driving styles. Bobby's willingness to adjust his driving to suit these cars and road racing has been a great asset."

Cosmo and Labonte last raced together at Barber Motorsport Park. While they both felt the car and team made great strides there, their race performance was unfortunately hindered by contact suffered early in the race.

"I think the team put in a terrific effort at Barber," Cosmo continued. "The contact was unfortunate because I think we really had the car working better than it's ever been. I felt bad for the crew, and Bobby, for that matter, because our performance throughout the weekend was much better than what is reflected in the race standings."

"If we have the car we had at Barber, I really think we'll be towards the front," said Guy. "With the close performance among the Daytona Prototypes, it doesn't take being off by much to have either a competitive car or non-competitive car. We're really close. With good weather and a few breaks, I think Bobby and I can show this team's true potential."

Guy Cosmo's extensive background with open-wheel formula cars and sports prototypes has earned him a reputation as one of the most successful and versatile young racing drivers in North America. The 2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year ranks among the top- level road racers in the world. He has earned overall racing titles and major successes in many disciplines including karting, Formula Ford, Formula 2000, Star Mazda, Toyota Atlantic, Grand American and American Le Mans. You can learn more about Guy Cosmo at www.guycosmo.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Memo Gidley , Guy Cosmo