Guy Cosmo to debut at Long Beach

Long Beach, CA 1999 US F2000 American Continental Champion Guy Cosmo will drive the ...

Long Beach, CA 1999 US F2000 American Continental Champion Guy Cosmo will drive the #15 World Speed CART Toyota Atlantic Championship series entry at the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix, April 7, 2001. Guy Cosmo was added to the lineup based on his standout performance in a private test in the World Speed Toyota Atlantic. Cosmo expressed his deep gratitude to team owner Chuck West and his enthusiasm for the top-level team.

"Ive always wanted to do this race," said Guy. "I have been reaching for the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship series for several years. That phone call from Chuck was the single largest advancement Ive had in my career so far. I just want to make him proud."

Chuck West tested Cosmo at Buttonwillow one week before the Long Beach event and admitted that he was pleasantly surprised.

"He caught us off guard," said West. "We had heard of Guy Cosmo, but his performance really surprised us. The chemistry between Guy, our lead engineer, Mike Doyle and our primary driver, Grant Ryley, was excellent. We were able to put Cosmo in the #15 car thanks to the support of our associate partners. Martini Sunglasses is based in Newport Beach, CA, and Ironclad Gloves is a leading manufacturer of work gloves."

Cosmo expressed no hesitation about making his Toyota Atlantic Championship racing debut at Long Beach.

"I have to either go big or stay home," grinned Cosmo.

Although this is Cosmos first race in a Toyota Atlantic, he has demonstrated his aptitude in several different formulae. In 1999, Guy Cosmo 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.

In 2000, the 23 year-old Long Island based 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 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.

The Long Beach Toyota Atlantic race starts Saturday, April 7 at 3:15 PM PST.

-Guy Cosmo Racing - USA

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Grant Ryley , Guy Cosmo