Road Atlanta II: Guy Cosmo race report

(October 3, 2005) - Guy Cosmo returned to the Road Atlanta podium for the second time this season after charging to second place in the LMP2 category during this weekend's seventh annual running of the Petit Le Mans, driving the B-K Motorsports ...

(October 3, 2005) - Guy Cosmo returned to the Road Atlanta podium for the second time this season after charging to second place in the LMP2 category during this weekend's seventh annual running of the Petit Le Mans, driving the B-K Motorsports Mazda-powered Sportsbook.com Courage.

Cosmo, who teamed with Jamie Bach to score second place in their LMP2 debut earlier this season, faced tough competition this weekend with the addition of several European teams joining the current LMP2 battle. Cosmo and Bach shared driving duties once again, this time with sportscar racing legend Elliot Forbes-Robinson joining the young American duo for the ten-hour Petit event.

"What an incredible finish for all of us at B-K Motorsports, Mazda and Sportsbook.com," said Cosmo. "This was the first long endurance race for this team and our performance today was a testament to the extreme reliability of our Mazda RX-8-based Renesis Rotary Engine. The B-K Motorsports program continues to improve every weekend, and we had an absolutely flawless performance here today. It's very satisfying to get back on the podium at Road Atlanta in my first Petit Le Mans start."

Bach started the race from sixth position in the LMP2 class, and turned the car over to Cosmo after running a double-stint to start out the race. Cosmo put his head down to run a triple stint, laying down some quick laps before turning the car over to Forbes-Robinson. The trio rotated in order once more throughout the event as the Mazda-Courage combination worked up the order towards the podium.

"The car was just bullet-proof, and of course driving such a great car on such an incredible and fast track like Road Atlanta was truly a lot of fun," said Cosmo. "We didn't put a single scratch on this car, and that was the key to a good result here. We kept ourselves clean, out of trouble, had perfect pit stops, and the three of us just banged out extremely consistent laps. We didn't have quite enough to challenge for the win, but we proved our program has what it takes to handle the increasing competition in this category."

The result moved Cosmo and Bach closer to the championship points lead as the two are now tied for second place, twenty-two points behind the leader with just one race remaining, the season-ending race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on October 17th, which will be broadcast on Speed Channel.

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