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Guy Cosmo Slated For Double Duty at Laguna Seca Will Join Doran Motorsports Daytona Prototype Effort In addition to his scheduled driving duties in the KONI Challenge Series Fountain Motorsports ...

Guy Cosmo Slated For Double Duty at Laguna Seca
Will Join Doran Motorsports Daytona Prototype Effort

In addition to his scheduled driving duties in the KONI Challenge Series Fountain Motorsports #127 BMW 330i, Guy Cosmo will join Kevin Doran and Memo Gidley in the #77 Feed The Need Doran Motorsports Daytona Prototype for the May 20th running of the Grand American Rolex Series event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Coming off the inaugural race at Iowa Speedway, where Guy and David Tuaty co-drove the #127 Fountain Motorsports BMW 330i to victory in the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series event, Cosmo will head to Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway with a full workload on his plate.

"I am really looking forward to the KONI Challenge ST race at Laguna," said Guy. "The Fountain Motorsports team has really come a long way since our first race together last year and after the win last week, they know what they are capable of. The win at Iowa was extremely pleasing, but by no means an ego-trip. We know how strong our competition is and everyone on the team realizes Fountain Motorsports is a young team with lots to learn. While two-in-a-row would be nice, our main focus is on strong finishes and scoring points toward the championship."

"I'll have a new teammate in VJ Mirzayan this week, and look forward to working with him," noted Guy. "He's got great knowledge of Laguna Seca and knows BMWs really well. Although he's never been with the team or in our car before, I'm confident we'll work well together and our #127 BMW will be a contender again this weekend."

Cosmo Climbs Back Into A Prototype

During the past few seasons, Cosmo has brought his talent and services to several of the top-tier prototype teams in the Grand American paddock. In 2006 Cosmo joined up with Finlay Motorsports filling in for an injured Memo Gidley in the #19 Playboy Uniden car. He was also instrumental in giving the Spirit of Daytona car it's best run ever at Watkins Glen. And, of course there was the popular 2nd place finish garnered by Guy, Memo and Michael McDowell at Utah to close out the season.

This week Guy will return to the prototype ranks driving with Memo Gidley in the #77 Doran Motorsports "Feed The Need" car.

"I'm excited about joining Kevin and Memo," said Guy. "Kevin and I have been interested in working together for years now, and this will finally be our opportunity to do so. He's acquired such a successful history in sports car racing and it's an honor for any driver to drive for him."

Cosmo and Gidley are not strangers when it comes to sharing a Daytona Prototype seat. They enjoyed a fantastic race to close out the season in 2006 at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City.

"Sharing the car with Memo Gidley makes the scenario that much better. Memo is a fantastic driver as well as a truly good friend, and after our time together in the prototypes last year I know we will make a strong combination standing on the podium as we did last season."

"2006 turned out to be a great season," said Cosmo, looking back. "Being chosen to drive the #19 Playboy/Uniden car both with Michael and Memo for six events and co-driving with Bobby Labonte at Spirit of Daytona Racing for three events in between was a terrific opportunity. I got to work with some really great people and managed to run nearly the entire season. In a field with so many of today's best racing drivers, it was a blast running up front and mixing it up with them."

"Coming on for this run with Doran will give me the opportunity to continue to demonstrate my talents to Grand Am teams and audiences," continued Guy. "The Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype is the only prototype marque in competition that I have not yet driven, so this opportunity is truly meaningful in gaining experience in all of the Daytona Prototypes out there. This car won an impressive number of races, the Daytona Prototype Championship and the Rolex 24 since the inception of the prototype category. I'm eager to help Kevin, Memo and the guys on the Doran team to get the JE4 back to the front."

The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve U.S. Sports Car Invitational delivered by Luggage Express and the KONI Challenge Series events will run May 18-20. The Daytona Prototype race will air live on May 20th at 4:00 PM ET on SPEED.

-credit: jt/gc

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Memo Gidley , Guy Cosmo , Michael McDowell , Kevin Doran