Washington DC: Guy Cosmo race summary

Cosmo takes third at DC Star Mazda. Maintains solid lead in Star Mazda Championship. Washington, D.C. -- Guy Cosmo finished a solid third in Round Six of the Star Mazda Series at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington D.C. In spite of his engine...

Cosmo takes third at DC Star Mazda.
Maintains solid lead in Star Mazda Championship.

Washington, D.C. -- Guy Cosmo finished a solid third in Round Six of the Star Mazda Series at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington D.C. In spite of his engine overheating problems, the young open-wheel champion was able to remain in contact with the leaders. A plastic bag was sucked into the radiator intake of the #45 www.kc-baggers.com / Racers Edge Formula Mazda early in the race. The podium finish ended Cosmo's win streak of two series wins in a row, but he maintains his solid points lead in the championship.

"I was definitely looking to make a hat trick here," explained Guy during the post-race press conference. "I figured a Star Mazda one-two-three would be fantastic for me, but the third place finish today keeps me right where I want to be in the points. With three races remaining there's still a chance to pull off the hat trick. The team has been incredible so far. We communicate really well and I think that's the biggest reason for all of our success. Everything that we've been doing has been spot on. We were a little off today, but that just goes to show how competitive the series is. There are hundredth's of a second between us."

The eventful race saw two full-course yellows. Guy, who qualified on the outside pole, went side-by-side with Moses Smith into turn one. There was slight contact, but it was not consequential for the two competitors, according to Guy.

"At the start, Moses and I traded a little paint. I tried pinching him off a little bit heading into turn one, but he kept along side me. It just didn't work out. We banged wheels and left smiley faces on each other's side pods, but we got out safe. The restarts helped a bit, but we just weren't quick enough in the right spots to get by."

Guy's crew chief spotted a plastic bag in the radiator intake of Guy's car. The restricted airflow caused the engine to overheat by more than 30 degrees. This adversely affects the engine performance and will cause catastrophic engine damage, even to the highly reliable Mazda rotary engines. Racers Edge team owner Jon Marichi felt there was no choice but to allow Guy to continue the race.

"If we were to have him come in to remove the bag, it would have effectively ended his race and hurt his chances for the championship," said Jon. "We had to go for it. Fortunately, the motor held together, but it was down on power and it's likely that engine will have to be replaced."

Guy will continue his trek towards the championship title at Mosport in three weeks. The series will travel to Laguna Seca then to Road Atlanta for the season finale. Cosmo also plans to compete in the Valvoline Runoff's held the same weekend as the Laguna Seca Star Mazda event. Guy has won all but two races in nine starts at Mid-Ohio. The only race that has eluded him is the National Championship, a record he wants to close the book on.

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.

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Guy Cosmo , Moses Smith