Daytona II: Cosmo/Valentine race report

Cosmo takes third at Daytona Grand Am South Setauket, NY (July 5, 2003) Guy Cosmo continued his successful string of prototype drives in the Grand American Rolex Sportscar Series. Guy Cosmo and R.J.Valentine co-drove the ...

Cosmo takes third at Daytona Grand Am

South Setauket, NY (July 5, 2003) Guy Cosmo continued his successful string of prototype drives in the Grand American Rolex Sportscar Series. Guy Cosmo and R.J.Valentine co-drove the #3 OZEXE/F1 Boston/Goodyear Toyota Fabcar to a third place finish at Daytona International Speedway in the Paul Revere 250, Friday, July 3 . It was the second podium finish for Cosmo in four Grand Am starts. The young open wheel champion continues to demonstrate his flexibility in the prototypes and is very enthusiastic about driving the Cegwa Sport car under the watchful eye of Toyota Racing Development.

"Driving the Daytona Prototypes is a totally different discipline than what I'm used to, but I feel I've always been good at adapting," said the 25 year-old Long Island, New York native. "Although I've driven a few races in two different prototypes, I haven't had nearly enough test time to really explore the car and make it my baby. I'm a huge Toyota and TRD fan, I have two Toyota MR2's, and I like how 'their minds are always racing.' I'm ecstatic to be driving one of their cars and I'm dying to get them their first win in the Daytona Prototypes."

Although Cosmo has had very little time to fine tune his driving in sportscars, he has already formed some clear impressions about the Daytona Prototypes on the tight technical circuits such as Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, as well as the high speed 'rovals' like Daytona.

"It's very demanding at Mid-Ohio. Driving a Daytona Prototype around Mid-Ohio is a tip-toeing balancing act," explained Cosmo. "Your lateral transitions are quick and need to be precise, but you're in a car that has more power and weight than it does grip and agility, especially compared to the Formula Mazda I was driving when I won here last year. Daytona is just an ice rink - the infield is slow and you've got very low grip levels, so again, you're challenging a situation where the track won't allow you to put the power down. The transitions are far less severe, but you're hauling the mail up on the high-banks of Daytona at nearly 190 mph before we brake for turn one. That shows a totally different aspect of the car. There isn't much mechanical grip and restricted in design to allow aerodynamic down-force. Again, it's a complete balancing act in a car that's got a lot of momentum behind it - but they're certainly a blast to drive."

Cosmo's plans for the rest of the Grand Am season are still undetermined. The next scheduled event will be the Bully Hill Vineyards Rand American Rolex Series race at Watkins Glen International, August 8.

Along with his Grand Am Daytona Prototype efforts in 2003, Guy also co-drove to finish 12th overall and 9th in class in the 51st Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring in American Spirit Racing's AmeriSuites Riley & Scott MKIII C Lincoln LMP 900.

Guy Cosmo won four races on his way to winning the 2002 Star Mazda North American Championship. In 2001, Guy finished in the top-ten in three of his four 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 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 Grand-Am
Drivers Guy Cosmo
Teams Toyota Racing