Cosmo takes breakthrough Mazda win at Mid-Ohio (Columbus, OH)--2002 Star Mazda Pro Series Champion Guy Cosmo drove to victory in the American Le Mans race at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend in a Mazda-powered Courage, scoring Mazda's ...
Cosmo takes breakthrough Mazda win at Mid-Ohio
(Columbus, OH)--2002 Star Mazda Pro Series Champion Guy Cosmo drove to victory in the American Le Mans race at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend in a Mazda-powered Courage, scoring Mazda's first P2 win in just their second race in the category. Cosmo shared the driving duties with Jamie Bach, taking the helm during the second half of the race and coping with variable weather conditions to out-distance the field and take their first American Le Mans Series win.
The Mazda-powered Courage C65 LM P2 only made its American Le Mans debut in April, impressing the paddock with a second place finish in the Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta, and impressing Cosmo with the power and speed of the combination.
"B-K Motorsports has put a ton of effort into the car since Atlanta, and it was quick right off the truck here at Mid-Ohio," said Cosmo. "We managed to improve by several seconds over the course of the weekend, and I am pretty excited about how much potential this combination has."
The win was Mazda's first American Le Mans Series win and the first for Mazda in top-level endurance racing since taking the overall victory in the 1991 Le Mans 24 hour in the famed 787B.
Cosmo, who has won several times in a variety of race cars on Mid-Ohio's twisty natural terrain road course north of Columbus, Ohio, was happy to once again attack the circuit in such a capable race car.
"Racing at an unbelievable drivers' track like Mid-Ohio in a prototype is an absolute blast," said a smiling Cosmo. "I could push the car very hard and it was still very comfortable and predictable. The brakes were outstanding, which was important because Mazda made the long back straight a quick experience! This is a great result for Mazda and for Sportsbook.com, and it comes in large part from all the effort the B-K Motorsports team puts in, and to be a part of this program is just a great opportunity."
The next ALMS race is the New England Grand Prix, set for July 4 at Lime Rock Park. Cosmo will switch gears for his next race, taking hold of a Porsche 911 in Grand American Cup competition in the Chemung Canal Trust 200 at Watkins Glen on the weekend of June 9-11.