Mid-Ohio to Mosport for Cosmo Bowmanville, ONT (1 September 05)--No rest for the weary as Guy Cosmo will go from one tremendous road course to another this week, trading his Grand-Am Cup driving suit from Mid-Ohio for the Sportsbook.com ...
Mid-Ohio to Mosport for Cosmo
Bowmanville, ONT (1 September 05)--No rest for the weary as Guy Cosmo will go from one tremendous road course to another this week, trading his Grand-Am Cup driving suit from Mid-Ohio for the Sportsbook.com colors as he will be racing in the Grand Prix of Mosport for round eight of the American Le Mans Series this weekend, at Mosport International Raceway.
After a contact-induced DNF early in the last round at Road America, Cosmo has some work to do in order to stay in the thick of the championship battle. Despite not participating in the season-opening Sebring 12 hour event, Cosmo and teammate Jamie Bach are still within seventeen points of the championship leader, with twenty points going to the winner of each race.
Described as one of the most challenging tracks in North America, the 2.459-mile natural terrain Mosport circuit features a number of blind high-speed corners, as well as significant elevation changes. Can-Am, IndyCar, and Formula 1 have all raced at Mosport with drivers like Fittipaldi, Andretti, Donohue, Ickx, Stewart, and Foyt taking wins on the daunting circuit.
Cosmo himself is also on that list, having scored victories at the track in both US F2000 competition as well as during his championship-winning 2002 Star Mazda season, where he scored the pole position by over a full second to the field. Cosmo loves racing at the track, which lies sixty miles east of Toronto.
"I am really looking forward to this weekend," said Cosmo. "The team has continued to develop the car, and I have already raced here this season, so we should be up to speed right away. This is another track that is going to be just fantastic in this car-it rewards confidence, and the car inspires it. I'm getting spoiled--Road America, Mid-Ohio and Mosport in the space of three weekends is just great from a drivers perspective."
Cosmo's recent Grand Am Cup run at Mid-Ohio didn't produce the results that "Mr. Mid-Ohio" had been hoping for. Cosmo's American teammate Mark Plummer qualified a strong ninth out of the field of sixty-five cars, and had the car firmly in the top five in the first half of the race. But, when the time to swap drivers came, a miscalculation in the pits cost Cosmo some precious track position as he rejoined the field back in twenty-second place.
"We got a little bit unlucky there with the timing of the stop," said Cosmo. "I was able to get back up to eighth at the finish, but I think we could have been there for the podium if we had called our strategy better. It was still a blast of a race, and Mark (Plummer) did a great job in the car. My dad was also there to watch and it was great to have him there for the weekend. We know our program is competitive, so we'll take the top-ten and go from there."
The Mosport Grand Prix will be telecast on Sunday, September 4 at 3:00 ET on Speed Channel following the Formula 1 race.