Cosmo Wins ALMS Rookie of the Year honors (October 18 05)--After taking their eighth podium finish of the season in their Mazda-powered Sportsbook.com Courage during this weekends season-finale race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Guy Cosmo and ...
Cosmo Wins ALMS Rookie of the Year honors
(October 18 05)--After taking their eighth podium finish of the season in their Mazda-powered Sportsbook.com Courage during this weekends season-finale race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Guy Cosmo and teammate Jamie Bach capped their break out season by being named as winners of the 2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year award.
The honors, which included a Jim Swintel-penned rendering of Cosmo behind the wheel of the yellow and blue Sportsbook.com machine at Road Atlanta, were awarded at the season-ending banquet for the American Le Mans Series following the Laguna race.
"Jamie and I are absolutely honored to be named as Rookie of the Year - this is the most meaningful award I've ever won," Cosmo said of the Swintel artwork. "To have this season commemorated like this is very special and I am proud to have been a part of this effort. I want to thank Mazda for their support of grassroots motorsports in this country, and for helping drivers like Jamie and I get the opportunity to chase our dreams and race at this level of the sport. I wish this were a team of the year award, as everyone here at B-K Motorsports had put in such an incredible amount of time, effort and passion into making this season a reality. This is a great way to finish our debut season in ALMS, and we look forward to greater accomplishments next year."
Entering the final round of the season, Cosmo and Bach had a mathematical shot at taking the LMP2 championship, but despite showing ever-improving pace, were unable to make up the ground they lost after missing out on the first round of the season.
"At the beginning of this season, our only aspirations were to learn and develop this B-K/Mazda program," said Cosmo. "To have been in contention to win this championship coming into the final round of the year was far more of an accomplishment than we could have ever imagined, considering this team didn't even exist when Sebring kicked off. We are thankful that we've had such great success already, it's been a remarkable year."
The final race of the 2005 also marked the competitive debut of the Porsche RS Spyder in the LMP2 class, and despite the remarkable turn of speed the Penske machine showed, Cosmo believes that the B-K Motorsports team will have what it takes to fight next season.
"This was a great opening season, but we are all very excited about our performance in 2006," said Cosmo. "We have learned, we have grown, and we will continue to develop into a world-class racing organization. We welcome the challenge of our current and new competitors, and look forward to showing the world what we are really capable of. This will be a very important off-season as we look forward to making the 2006 American Le Mans Series one of the most exciting ever."