Guy Cosmo ready for battle at 15th running of Petit Le Mans

After nearly a five week break, Guy Cosmo and the Extreme Speed Motorsports Tequila Patrón Ferraris return to action at historic Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia for the season finale, the American Le Mans Series presented by Patrón 15th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda.

#02 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari F458 Italia: Ed Brown, Guy Cosmo, Anthony Lazzaro
#02 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari F458 Italia: Ed Brown, Guy Cosmo, Anthony Lazzaro

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

While things may have been quiet on track, Cosmo has been keeping himself busy off-track. Since VIR, Guy has been coaching for Extreme Speed Motorsports' Ferrari Challenge drivers and changing his bachelor status to married.

"It's been busy," laughed Guy. "In the past month, we completed our wedding plans, had the wedding and enjoyed a honeymoon. It's been great. I couldn't be happier."

"That said," added Guy, "it's great to be back at the track and driving the No. 02 ESM Patrón Ferrari 452 Italia. I love driving these cars and I'm excited to finish out the year with a great result."

Petit Le Mans uses the rules established for the 24 hours of Le Mans by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), slightly modified to allow additional cars to compete. The race was founded by Road Atlanta owner Don Panoz and first run on October 10, 1998 as part of the IMSA season. The 1999 edition was one of the original events of the American Le Mans Series.

The race covers a maximum of 1,000 miles (1,600 km) (which is approximately 394 laps) or a maximum of 10 hours, whichever comes first; only once, in the rain-stopped 2009 race, has the leading team failed to complete 1,000 miles (1,600 km). Class winners at Petit receive an automatic invitation to next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Like most drivers, Guy is extremely happy the final event of the year is contested at Road Atlanta.

"I love this race," said Guy. "Petit Le Mans lives up to its title. It's a 'little Le Mans.' It's held on one of the greatest tracks in the world and the very best competitors in our business show up to compete. You know it will be the most intense and exciting race of the season. Though while it might be a thrill…. it's certainly not easy."

Extreme Speed Motorsports' Ferraris will feature a special livery for this year's Petit Le Mans.

"The special Ultimat Vodka and Action Against Hunger livery for this one race is just ballistic," said Guy. "Ultimat Vodka is another premium Patrón Spirits brand and it's great that we're building it's awareness to all the Patrón Tequila fans out there. Action Against Hunger is a global organization committed to saving the lives of malnourished children across the world. So as we close out the season and head into Thanksgiving and the holidays, we wanted to draw attention to the crucial work that Action Against Hunger does and encourage people to learn more and support this very important cause."

As part of the special Ultimat Vodka livery, fans can contribute to Action Against Hunger at The online fundraising campaign supporting Action Against Hunger, will run through the end of the year.

Source: Guy Cosmo

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Series ALMS
Drivers Guy Cosmo , Anthony Lazzaro , Don Panoz , Eric Gilbert , Ed Brown
Teams ESM Racing
Article type Preview
Tags cosmo, esm, extreme speed, ferrari, petit le mans, road atlanta