Guy Cosmo poised to take Star Mazda Championship at Road Atlanta. South Setauket, New York (Oct. 1, 2002) Guy Cosmo has been dominant in the Star Mazda Championship Series in 2002 with his four wins, two poles and two podium finishes.
Guy Cosmo poised to take Star Mazda Championship at Road Atlanta.
South Setauket, New York (Oct. 1, 2002) Guy Cosmo has been dominant in the Star Mazda Championship Series in 2002 with his four wins, two poles and two podium finishes. But the tight points structure of the series has kept the battle tight, forcing two drivers to shoot it out for the title in the final race of the season, Friday Oct 11, 2002 at Road Atlanta, part of the Audi Petit Le Mans event. The young open wheel champion driver is the current leader by a margin of 17 points. Guy has his sights on nothing short of the pole, win and title in the #45 www.kc-baggers.com / Racers Edge Formula Mazda.
"The strategy is to qualify on the pole and run away with the race - not let anyone touch me," affirmed Guy, a native of Long Island, New York. "That's what my natural fire for the sport tells me. What the culmination of all my racing experiences tells me is the same thing - to qualify on the pole and run away with the race - but not to take any chances if that plan fails."
Guy's only two non-podium finishes this year were 6th at Pikes Peak and 5th at Laguna Seca, where Guy's front row qualifying time was disallowed, forcing him to start from 38th. There, he avoided many incidents that could have put his championship in jeopardy. Guy's track record for finishing races is considered remarkable for open-wheel racing. He has not crashed out of a race in five seasons of active racing. His consistent record also represents his growth and relative maturity in the sport. Cosmo feels his performance in the series is representative of his true capabilities.
"The Star Mazda series has given me the platform to compete in equal equipment and really show what I'm made of. This season has taught me to get the absolute most out of a car that you can't change, evolve or re-design. I really think I've reached a new level of driver feedback. John Mirachi and Mike Goss at Racers Edge Motorsports have contributed greatly to my advancement as well. I have never worked with two guys that understood what I was saying so well. Their experience along with mine will hopefully be represented by the championship we're prepared to secure."
Cosmo will start the final race of the 2002 Star Mazda Championship Series in the lead with 316 points. Second place driver Moses Smith has 299. Cosmo would need to finish 7th or better at Road Atlanta to secure the championship title. The Star Mazda Championship Finale is scheduled for Friday, October 11th, at 2pm Eastern Time. Visit www.StarMazda.com for live timing and scoring of the race.
Guy Cosmo has consistently demonstrated his aptitude in several different formulae. 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.
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 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. Guy finished in the top-ten in three of his four Toyota Atlantic starts, including the daunting street circuits at Long Beach and Houston.