Sebring: Guy Cosmo joins American Spirit Racing lineup

Guy Cosmo joins American Spirit Racing for ALMS debut at Sebring. All-American line-up in LMP900 Riley & Scott entry. South Setauket, NY - (March 3, 2003) Guy Cosmo will make his American Le Mans Series debut in the American Spirit Racing Riley...

Guy Cosmo joins American Spirit Racing for ALMS debut at Sebring.
All-American line-up in LMP900 Riley & Scott entry.

South Setauket, NY - (March 3, 2003) Guy Cosmo will make his American Le Mans Series debut in the American Spirit Racing Riley & Scott LMP900 for the 51st Annual Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring, March 15. After an impressive testing session in January, Guy was tapped to complete the driver roster for the race. Guy will co-pilot the #12 AmeriSuites/Westward Tools/Dunlop Tires car with Michael Lewis and Tomy Drissi.

Cosmo returns to Sebring in 2003 to tackle the teeth-rattling 3.7-mile circuit. Cosmo posted back-to-back podium finishes in the Star Mazda Series races at Sebring in 2001 and 2002. Last season, his third-place finish set him on his way to winning the series championship. This will also mark a return to Dunlop Tires as Cosmo was selected as their test driver in 1999 after securing his first open-wheel championship title.

"This is an incredible opportunity for me, I'm very excited," exclaimed Cosmo, a young Long-Island New York native. "American Spirit Racing is putting together a very strong program for American Le Mans this year, and I'm proud to be an integral part of their first outing at the 12 hours of Sebring. I've always said, 'Go big or stay home,' so I feel it's only fitting that my debut in 12 hour starts at the top - in the biggest, baddest cars that American Le Mans has to offer.

"Although this is a new undertaking for me, I'll rely on my open-wheel experience and feedback to help get this program up to speed, and my recent experience from the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona to keep this AmeriSuites Riley & Scott LMP900 running clean and strong from start to finish. And you can bet I'll do it all with a big smile!"

American Sprit Racing team owner Jon Lewis is very hopeful for Guy's performance on the team.

"Guy is an exceptionally talented young man," described Lewis. "He has excellent car control and has adapted very quickly to our Riley & Scott LMP900 car. I am very excited about having Guy join our team for Sebring. His personality provides a wonderful avenue for our many fans to experience just what American Spirit is all about."

Guy will be joining two established Trans-Am Series veterans. Michael Lewis, a four-time SCCA National Champion, won his first Trans-Am race in 2001 at Road America and has been a series regular since 1998. Tomy Drissi was named the 1999 Trans-Am Rookie-of-the-Year and won his first Trans-Am race at Long Beach in 2000.

To date in 2003, Cosmo co-drove for a 4th place finish in the Daytona Prototype class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The team was third overall after 14 hours when an engine fire ended their run.

In 2002, Cosmo won four Star Mazda races on his way to winning the Star Mazda Series championship title. In 2001, he has contested the Star Mazda series for Racers Edge at Texas Motor Speedway and Sebring. Cosmo finished third at Sebring in only his second Star Mazda series start. Guy finished in the top-ten in four of his five Toyota Atlantic starts, including the daunting street circuits at Long Beach and Houston.

In 2000, the young driver spent ten months in Denmark as the Mygale works development driver in the Scandinavian Formula 2000 series. While there, he scored two poles, two wins, and 14 top-five finishes on his way to a second place finish in the talent rich Scandinavian open-wheel series championship. In 1999, he distinguished himself as one of the hottest young drivers in the US when he won the US F2000 American Continental Championship, notching five victories in the process. Also that year, he tested in Indy Lights and was selected as a test driver for Dunlop tires.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Guy Cosmo , Michael Lewis