Guy Cosmo Geared To Repeat At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Palm Beach, Fla, May 18, 2010: When Guy Cosmo returns to the Monterey Peninsula for the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Tequila Patron there will be two significant changes to...
Guy Cosmo Geared To Repeat At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Palm Beach, Fla, May 18, 2010: When Guy Cosmo returns to the Monterey Peninsula for the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Tequila Patron there will be two significant changes to the raceformat. First, the race will take place five months earlier in the year. Second, the race will run six hours; two hours longer than previous years. One thing that will notchange is Cosmo's determination to put the #02 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari GT430 at the front of the pack. The third round of this year's American Le Mans Series,takes place on Saturday, May 22.
In the 2009 event last October, Cosmo copiloted the No. 43 GT Challenge Porsche to the top step of the podium. Everything in his 2010 program points to repeating thatperformance in the highly competitive GT2 class. Aware that it's a lofty goal, Guy is confident the pieces are in place. He's done the math.
"Heading back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca represents a true test of our teams progress to date," Cosmos assessed. "If you consider how well the ESM Ferraris ran in ourfirst outing at Sebring, arguably one of the toughest tracks in the world, and then look at the solid performance at Long Beach, I think we're right on target. Add to themix we were the fastest Ferrari in Long Beach, the win I had at Laguna last fall and my co-driver, Ed Brown, literally tore the place up in testing last week. I'mconfident. I'm real confident."
As the schedule shifts into summer and a stretch of natural terrain course, many of the American Le Mans Series' teams are looking forward to this part of the season.American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Tequila Patron at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has year after year produced classic on-track battles. Popular among drivers,given it's twisting, climbing and long configuration, Mazda Raceway is a sports car driver's track in the purest sense. Changing the event from four hours to six is aperfect and natural progression.
"No doubt this is a 'dream sequence' event," laughed Cosmo. "You've got it all. It's a fast challenging track. Our competition is among the best in the world. When youthrow in the six-hour format, it's like icing on the cake. Drivers will need to drive smart. Teams will need to prepare and execute a smart race strategy. Make no mistake,the whole shooting match is going to come down to who's got the car going into the last hour."