Guy Cosmo 12 Hours of Sebring Race Report Sebring, Fla. March 19, 2006 - Despite logging two flawless driving stints in the ...
Guy Cosmo 12 Hours of Sebring Race Report
Sebring, Fla. March 19, 2006 - Despite logging two flawless driving stints in the #8 B-K Motorsports Mazda Courage C-65, Guy Cosmo will have to wait for his first 12 Hours of Sebring win. After advancing the car and his team to as high as third in class during the American Le Mans Series Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, the usually reliable Mazda powered Courage C-65 began to falter under the grueling conditions dealt out by the legendary Sebring circuit.
"The car was working very well," said Cosmo. "I really felt we were executing our plan perfectly. We didn't come here planning to be the fastest, but we were very confident in the Mazda's reliability."
The team started at the back of the grid after changing engines and receiving a variance from IMSA due to not meeting nighttime driver assignments in Friday evening's practice.
Cosmo did a fuel only stop at the 40 minute mark, then he and Bach made the first driver change with Jamie getting in the car at about one and one half hours into the race.
"I had worked through a lot of the GT2 and GT1 traffic in my first stint," continued Cosmo. "I was very happy with the car's handling and it felt great. Our pit stops went very well and our driver changes were flawless. All three of us (co-drivers, Jamie Bach and Raphael Matos) were very happy with the car."
Bach did a scheduled two hours in the car with Matos doing his first stint at 03:34 into the race.
At the 05:41 mark in the race, Cosmo took over the driving duties and continued to advance the Mazda Courage through the field. The car was running third in class and ninth overall. Guy would run the car into twilight and relinquish the driving duties to Bach at eight hours in.
"I was very pleased with everything," said Cosmo. "We were moving along and clicking off good solid times. Next thing I knew, Jamie reported difficulty with the gearbox linkage. The crew did a great job of getting him back on track, but we did lose precious time."
Raphael got back in the car 10:13 into the race. Ten minutes into his stint he came into the pits reporting an overheating problem. At 9:41PM, with less than one hour remaining in the event, the car was officially retired from the race citing the reason as overheating.
"It's always disappointing not to finish an endurance event," commented Cosmo. "But, by the same token, the team has a lot to be proud of. We made an outstanding showing and displayed great teamwork."
Cosmo remains upbeat. "We'll continue to work with the car, prepare for Houston, and implement both long and short-term objectives. We're all very positive about our program. I'm very proud of what we accomplished this week."