Guy Cosmo Teams With Michael McDowell For Top-5 Grand Am Finish At VIR Alton, Va. With very little seat time, Guy Cosmo started the No. 19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford Crawford from the pole for Sunday's Grand American Series VIR 400 at Virginia ...
Guy Cosmo Teams With Michael McDowell For Top-5 Grand Am Finish At VIR
Alton, Va. With very little seat time, Guy Cosmo started the No. 19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford Crawford from the pole for Sunday's Grand American Series VIR 400 at Virginia International Raceway. Michael McDowell--who won Saturday's inaugural Daytona Prototype qualifying race at VIR--and co-driver Guy Cosmo did not lead in Sunday's race, the team did earn fourth place.
"At the start of the race all I wanted to do was keep the car in the lead pack and hand it over to Michael (McDowell) as close to the front as possible," said Cosmo, who is sitting in for injured driver, Memo Gidley. "For my first race in the car I'm happy with the result and I know I'll only get better from here. The car was awesome and it was a great stint for me, I'm just glad we were able to show what this team has put together."
"That was a pretty good run for us today," added McDowell. "Guy did a great job and held his own. This was a lot to ask of someone, to get in the car without much practice and than start from the pole but he rose to the challenge. The car was great on the wet but we just missed a bit on the dry set-up."
Cosmo ran in second place right up to the first caution, all the while keeping the race leader in sight. "I went into turn one in a pretty tight bunch of cars," observed Cosmo. "Being unfamiliar with a lot of the GrandAm drivers, it was hard to predict who would go where. I suddenly found myself with no where to go and got passed on the inside. You can bet it won't happen again."
Cosmo, who is sitting in for the injured Memo Gidely, did a thirty lap stint before turning over the car to Michael McDowell. McDowell crossed the finish line in the fourth position giving the team their second top-five finish of the weekend.