Sears Point: Guy Cosmo race report

Guy Cosmo wins Star Mazda at Sears Point. Sonoma, CA -- Guy Cosmo asserted his status as one of the nation's hottest young open-wheel racers by winning the Star Mazda Series race at Sears Point Raceway, Saturday, May 18 . The race was part of...

Guy Cosmo wins Star Mazda at Sears Point.

Sonoma, CA -- Guy Cosmo asserted his status as one of the nation's hottest young open-wheel racers by winning the Star Mazda Series race at Sears Point Raceway, Saturday, May 18 . The race was part of the Grand Prix of Sonoma Presented by Fosters. Cosmo confidently dominated the 38-car field in the #45 www.kcbaggers.com Racer's Edge Formula Mazda. After qualifying third, the Long Island, NY resident overcame the pole sitter's home field advantage and he never looked back, setting the fastest race lap on the way.

It was so strange," described the enthusiastic Cosmo, "It was as though I went into remote control. I didn't have to think about it. I closed the gap, I made the pass, then it was just like testing, putting down lap after lap, and I pulled away."

The 24-year-old admits that the race was not a simple walk. "There are some tough drivers in this field, but I managed to pick up the tricks that the fast guys spent years learning. Plus the team did a fantastic job this weekend. They gave me a car that was very fast."

Cosmo was not discouraged initially by his third place starting spot, noting that the Racer's Edge team car went faster than ever in their history at Sears Point.

"I knew we had a good chance to win this race after qualifying," said Guy. "There was no way the others could sustain the qualifying speeds. I got a very good start and took 2nd place right off. I was pulling up on the leader and reeling him in when the first yellow came out. After the restart, I was within striking distance. In most sections, I was quicker. I got right up to his gearbox out of the Carousel when he went wide. By turn 7, I shoved my nose right underneath and made it stick. "

Guy Cosmo is no stranger to the Star Mazda victory circle. He pulled off a podium finish for Round 1 at Sebring. His win at Sears Point places him in second place for the championship and a mere one point out of the lead. The next Star Mazda Series race will be on the oval track at Pikes Peak on Sunday, June 16.

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 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. He also made his debut in the CART Toyota Atlantic Series. Guy finished in the top-ten in three of his four Toyota Atlantic starts, including the daunting street circuits at Long Beach and Houston.

- www.GuyCosmo.com

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