Mid-Ohio: Guy Cosmo race report

Guy Cosmo and John Baker Take 2nd in Class at the Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio Guy Cosmo's return to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course would have to be qualified as a success. Driving the No. 47 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the ALMS Challenge...

Guy Cosmo and John Baker Take 2nd in Class at the Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio

Guy Cosmo's return to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course would have to be qualified as a success. Driving the No. 47 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the ALMS Challenge class as part of the featured American Le Mans Series Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio, along with teammate John Baker, Cosmo finished second in Saturday's race, setting the fastest ALMS Challenge lap along the way. Cosmo also set the fastest time in qualifying.

"It was great being back at Mid-Ohio with ALMS," noted Cosmo enthusiastically. "This is just a great race track, and we had an incredible turnout with the fans. The Orbit racing prepared No. 47 Porsche was working well all weekend. We certainly had a car capable of winning, but we didn't get everything right today."

Trying to apply a little 'outside-the-box' pit strategy, the team took a shot at only changing two tires. Turns out, the officials deemed the maneuver to be not in keeping with the rules and called the team back in for a 'full' pit stop.

"John was doing a great job during the first half of the race, but Melanie Snow was really on a tear, and she had a huge lead on all of us. The two-tire pit stop was going to save us a lot of time in the pits and help close the gap for me," said Cosmo. "However, we were unaware this was against the rules. We knew we'd fall a lap down to the No. 57 car during the stop, so having to come back in and make the required four-tire change sealed the deal and ended our hopes for the win."

Cosmo's participation in the ALMS Challenge class came about through a pairing with his client, John Baker. Baker is a regular in the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama Series and decided to take advantage of the ALMS invitation to join in the new ALMS Challenge Class.

"John's been doing a great job," said Guy. "He's making huge strides with all aspects of his driving. The opportunity to run with the American Le Mans Series in the ALMS Challenge has been a great experience. If the Series continues with the class in 2010, I think you'll see John Baker challenging for the Championship."

Mid-Ohio was the third race that the Challenge class has participated with the American Le Mans Series regulars. Earlier this year, IMSA and the American Le Mans Series announced the formation of the Challenge class as an effort to promote the brightest and best of a new generation of sports car drivers. The Challenge class will compete with the American Le Mans Series for five races in 2009.

-credit: www.guycosmo.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers Guy Cosmo , Melanie Snow , John Baker