Houston, TX - Guy Cosmo posted his best ever finish in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Series race at Houston, October 7. The New York native finished 8th in the #33 Western Union Speed Team/KC Technical Services car in spite of a crippled gearbox. Problems with second gear hampered Guy's qualifying effort. He started in 13th position.
"During the practice sessions we made a lot of progress," explains the 24-year old Cosmo. "We were expecting good things from qualifying. That ended when I lost second gear early in the session."
The start of the race presented high drama when the leaders were involved in a first turn melee that nearly collected the entire field. Cosmo was able to get through cleanly and was in 5th place by the end of the first lap. Midway through the race Guy lost 1st gear, which allowed two of the top qualifiers to get by. Cosmo held on for an 8th place finish, his forth top-ten finish in five starts in the Toyota Atlantic Series.
"I couldn't believe what happened in front of me at the start and I was even more surprised when I came out safely in 5th place," described Guy. "I was looking forward to my first top-five finish in this Atlantic Series until I lost first gear. From then on I made the most of what was left of the car and brought it home, still with my best finish of the year."
Currently, Cosmo has no final plans for the 2002 season, although his goal is to remain with the Duesenberg Brothers Racing team for a full season of testing and competition in the Toyota Atlantic Series.
"I'm just glad to get the car in the top-ten for Western Union," added Cosmo. "Western Union and KC Technical Services can anticipate even more from both Duesenberg Brothers Racing and myself as a team next year."
In 1999, Guy Cosmo distinguished himself as one of the hottest young drivers in the US when he won the US F2000 American Continental Championship, notching five victories in the process. Also that year, he tested in Indy Lights and was selected as a test driver for Dunlop Tires. In 2000, the Long Island-based driver spent ten months in Denmark as the Mygale works development driver in the Scandinavian Formula 2000 series. While there, he scored two poles, two wins, and 14 top-five finishes on his way to a second place finish in the talent rich Scandinavian open-wheel series.
The Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston CART Toyota Atlantic race will be aired on ESPN2 on Sunday, October 14, 8:00 pm (ET)