Road America: Guy Cosmo qualifying report

Cosmo Takes Pole Position For The American Le Mans Challenge at Road America - Second Straight Guy Cosmo earned his second straight pole position in the Challenge class with a lap of 2:16.098 for The Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase set for...

Cosmo Takes Pole Position For The American Le Mans Challenge at Road America - Second Straight

Guy Cosmo earned his second straight pole position in the Challenge class with a lap of 2:16.098 for The Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase set for 2 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 16. Cosmo, who won at Road America in Star Mazda during the 2002 season, is driving the ORBIT Racing prepared No. 47 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry with John Baker.

"It was pretty exciting, what I like to call four laps of fury" said Cosmo, a former LMP2 winner in the Series and Challenge pole-sitter last week at Mid-Ohio. "I love to qualify and love pushing as hard as I can, however I was a little ahead of the tire temperatures on my first flying lap and got off a little at the Kink. That was definitely exciting. Fortunately, managed not to wad it up! The ORBIT guys did a great job of preparing the car. It's nice to qualify the car and collect pole positions in this series."

Road America is by far the fastest circuit on which the Challenge cars have competed. The speed differentials - particularly in the corners - are more drastic than the field has seen.

"Unlike Mid-Ohio and Lime Rock, there is more room for other cars to get around us and still not get in the marbles," noted Cosmo. "We're looking to stay clean and bring the car home. (The GT2 cars) have more torque but there are times when I'll actually have to lift at the end of a straight to keep from running into the back of the GT2 cars. It's pretty surprising."

Cosmo's primary role for the event is coaching his co-driver, John Baker.

"The first and foremost thing with John is making sure he stays within his limits, Guy pointed out. "He's done a very good job so far. We want him to run within himself and keep to his pace. He has a lot to deal with out there -- faster cars with the guys that he has been following for some time."

"For me to help a driver craft his skill in this format is a benefit because I get to spend time in the car," continued Guy. "It's very hard to help someone go fast when you can't get in the car and provide real-time comparisons. I get to experience exactly what they get to experience, collect data, video and show them exactly where and how to improve. When a driver gets to a certain level, it's really tough to find the last bit of time. This offers John and I a very unique way to work together."

-credit: guycosmo.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers Guy Cosmo , John Baker