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2013 Petit Le Mans


The 16th Annual Petit Le Mans was the last race of our beloved American Le Mans Series, ever.  All week long the phrase 'The End of an Era' was used and it's both sad and true.  However, the hope is that good things are on the horizon for sportscar racing in North America with the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship, but there are still many questions and uncertainties regarding the direction of our sport.  Although I try to remain optimistic, I must admit I have some concerns of my own.

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2013 Petit Le Mans


The 16th Annual Petit Le Mans was the last race of our beloved American Le Mans Series, ever.  All week long the phrase 'The End of an Era' was used and it's both sad and true.  However, the hope is that good things are on the horizon for sportscar racing in North America with the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship, but there are still many questions and uncertainties regarding the direction of our sport.  Although I try to remain optimistic, I must admit I have some concerns of my own.

The 16th Annual Petit Le Mans was the last race of our beloved American Le Mans Series, ever.  All week long the phrase 'The End of an Era' was used and it's both sad and true.  However, the hope is that good things are on the horizon for sportscar racing in North America with the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship, but there are still many questions and uncertainties regarding the direction of our sport.  Although I try to remain optimistic, I must admit I have some concerns of my own.

But first, how about that race?  It was a great way to finish off 15 years of the American Le Mans Series and was a nail-biter to the end.  The team objective at Level 5 Motorsports was to get Scott Tucker the driver's championship and it was 'mission-accomplished' from the crew who executed an amazing effort all week long to get the cars fast, reliable and to the end of a grueling 10-hours of battle - in front of the competition.

I started the race in the 3rd place position and dove underneath both Scott Tucker and Scott Sharp to take the lead entering turn 1 just after the green flag, and I never looked back.  I drove 2 hours and 40 minutes straight, with conditions varying from a wet but drying track, back to rain, back to dry, over and over again.  The 552 crew made great calls on tire and pit-stop strategy to stay ahead of the weather and pit for tire changes at just the right times.  For most of my time in the car, I held a 40-50 second lead over the rest of the P2 class.  At one point when I was one of the first cars to change back to slicks on the drying track, I had wrestled my way past ALL of the P1 cars, lapping as the fastest car on track.  It was a dominating performance and I loved every minute of it!  Driving that Honda Racing / HPD around Road Atlanta in all the varying conditions with tons of traffic was incredible; definitely challenging, fun and exciting, all in one!

I eventually turned the car over to my two teammates, Peter Dumbreck and Jonny Kane.  Not only are these guys extremely talented drivers, they are some of the nicest drivers I've ever met and an absolute pleasure to work with.  They both kept our 552 up front throughout their stints, having great battles and often leading the class.

With about 1.5 hours remaining I was back in 'The Black Pearl' to bring her home.  We were a bit off-sequence with pit stops compared to the 01 ESM car and our teammates in the 551 Level 5 machine, who had come back from being 3 laps down at one point.  As a result, I was shuffled back to 3rd place (and one lap down) having to play catch-up for my remaining time in the car.  Although we got back on the lead lap and a late caution got us close to the front of the field, lapped traffic sat between me and the leaders on that final restart.  Despite my charge in those final laps, by the time I was clear of the traffic the 551 and 01 were too far ahead.  3rd place was our result.

In the end, it was a great run and the team accomplished what it set out to do - win both the team and driver championships.  I ultimately finished 3rd in the championship standings.  Not a bad year considering everything that's happened!

Sunday night was time to celebrate at the last of the ALMS awards banquets.  Louisa and I had a great time with all of our friends spanning from many different teams - drivers, crew, series officials and more.  It was a time to reflect and appreciate all the relationships we've forged with such wonderful people over the years.  A few of Patrón's finest products may have made their way into the mix as well... :)

Next season?  No idea...  I'm a free-agent and looking for the best opportunity for 2014.  I always manage to land on my feet, however, and you'll be sure to hear from me when I do.  This is going to be an interesting off-season!

Thanks for another great year of support and enthusiasm.  It is so greatly appreciated! 

Guy

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2013 Oak Tree Grand Prix


This weekend's visit to VIR was one for the record books.  Not necessarily for me, but for many teams and drivers who either clinched or got one step closer to securing their championship efforts.   In my case, I played a role in helping Level 5 Motorsports secure the 2013 P2 Team Championship - their 4th ALMS championship.  That's pretty impressive.  As well, Marino and I helped get team boss, Scott Tucker, back into the driver's championship hunt and the points spread is TIGHT!

2013 Oak Tree Grand Prix


This weekend's visit to VIR was one for the record books.  Not necessarily for me, but for many teams and drivers who either clinched or got one step closer to securing their championship efforts.   In my case, I played a role in helping Level 5 Motorsports secure the 2013 P2 Team Championship - their 4th ALMS championship.  That's pretty impressive.  As well, Marino and I helped get team boss, Scott Tucker, back into the driver's championship hunt and the points spread is TIGHT!

This weekend's visit to VIR was one for the record books.  Not necessarily for me, but for many teams and drivers who either clinched or got one step closer to securing their championship efforts.   In my case, I played a role in helping Level 5 Motorsports secure the 2013 P2 Team Championship - their 4th ALMS championship.  That's pretty impressive.  As well, Marino and I helped get team boss, Scott Tucker, back into the driver's championship hunt and the points spread is TIGHT!

As always, VIR is one of the most beautiful, fast and challenging race tracks we visit on the ALMS schedule, and there's no better way to exemplify the true thrill of this track than in a Honda Racing / HPD P2 car.  What a joy it is to drive such a wonderful piece of machinery around such a unique race track.  Although my time in the car this weekend was a bit limited due to the team strategy and addition of Stefan Johansson to our driver line up, I really enjoyed every lap around this place.

Stefan, Marino and I had the fastest car on track during the race and ultimately finished 3rd.  Tucker and Briscoe took the victory, and as I mentioned, the Team Championship for Level 5. 

The Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta is the next and final round of the American Le Mans Series - ever.  It's going to be an important race in many ways, as well as the close of what has been an amazing run for the American Le Mans Series and sportscar racing in North America.  However, it will also open the door to the future and a new generation of racing for us.  It's sad and exciting all at the same time.  Either way, I hope to go out with a few notches on my belt from Petit.

See you then!  Guy. 

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2013 Circuit of the Americas


The American Le Mans' first appearance at Circuit of the Americas was a hit; at least, in my book it was.  What a spectacular facility and challenging track.  First-class in every way, COTA sets the precedent for any new facility being built, world-wide.  As for the race, well... we had a win in our sights but settled for 2nd place in the end.  Here's my story...

2013 Circuit of the Americas


The American Le Mans' first appearance at Circuit of the Americas was a hit; at least, in my book it was.  What a spectacular facility and challenging track.  First-class in every way, COTA sets the precedent for any new facility being built, world-wide.  As for the race, well... we had a win in our sights but settled for 2nd place in the end.  Here's my story...

The American Le Mans' first appearance at Circuit of the Americas was a hit; at least, in my book it was.  What a spectacular facility and challenging track.  First-class in every way, COTA sets the precedent for any new facility being built, world-wide.  As for the race, well... we had a win in our sights but settled for 2nd place in the end.  Here's my story...

As a driver that's been racing as long as I have in North America, it's rare that I ever have a chance to learn a new track.  And for all of the times that I had gone to a track that I needed to learn, I don't recall many of them requiring as much time and effort to get right as this place.  The uphill approach to turn 1 is just neat, and the exit and downhill run through turn 2 really gets the adrenaline flowing.  The high-speed Esses of turns 3-8 are unique and extremely challenging, with an odd flow that requires some techniques that, to me, are a bit counter intuitive.  The back section of turns 12-15 are very tight and slow, really breaking up the rhythm of the track - then followed by flat-out-sketchy series of right hand turns, nearly full throttle in the P2 car.  The final two left hand turns of 19 & 20 are fairly textbook, although getting set up for turn 19 takes some attention if you carry enough speed through the previous section.

The race started out pretty calm, as our opponents over at ESM Racing started in the very back of the field for a rules infraction during practice.  With our team boss Scott Tucker starting in the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsports HPD and myself in the 552, we set a pace from the start that would allow us to make it through the one-hour mark (to satisfy the minimum drive time for us) on one tank of gas.  Easy, you say?  Not really.  Establishing a rhythm that allows you to manage traffic, keep the car on track and stay clean while doing everything you can to burn as little fuel as possible takes some discipline.  Of course I wanted to go faster and rip off some lap times, but that wasn't the objective this time.  Instead, Tucker and I ran a smooth, easy pace, running nose-to-tail and managing traffic together to get ourselves to that point.

Our strategy was working perfectly.  After our pit stops the Level 5 cars were running 1 & 2, and although my teammate Marino Franchitti was in the lead ahead of the 551 of Tucker and Briscoe, we had a puncture in the left front tire and had to pit, relinquishing the lead.  All in all, it was a great weekend and a 2nd place finish keeps me in 2nd place in championship points just behind Marino. It also gained Scott Tucker valuable points to move up one spot to third place in the championship.

Next stop is another one of my favorite tracks - Virginia International Raceway.  I can't wait for it!

Thanks for reading,

Guy

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2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore


What a weekend!  Anyone who watched the opening of this year's Baltimore race knows that my team mate and Level 5 sister car suffered severe damage at the start the race. Scott Tucker was struck from behind and a chain reaction pile-up forced officials to red flag the race for nearly an hour.  Fortunately, no one was hurt.  From my fourth place starting position, I was able to avoid the accident and continue on.

2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore


What a weekend!  Anyone who watched the opening of this year's Baltimore race knows that my team mate and Level 5 sister car suffered severe damage at the start the race. Scott Tucker was struck from behind and a chain reaction pile-up forced officials to red flag the race for nearly an hour.  Fortunately, no one was hurt.  From my fourth place starting position, I was able to avoid the accident and continue on.

What a weekend!  Anyone who watched the opening of this year's Baltimore race knows that my team mate and Level 5 sister car suffered severe damage at the start the race. Scott Tucker was struck from behind and a chain reaction pile-up forced officials to red flag the race for nearly an hour.  Fortunately, no one was hurt.  From my fourth place starting position, I was able to avoid the accident and continue on.

The race was just insane - lots of crashes, yellows and the long red-flag from the crash at the start -  suddenly we had an even shorter sprint race. When we finally got under way, it was time to get to the front as quick as possible.  

The No. 552 Honda Racing / HPD was certainly the right tool for the job and in a short period of time, I was in first place and pulling away.  Handing the car over to Marino while running out front was a great feeling. He just hopped in and finished off the job.  It was his first time at the track and he put in a stellar drive. And the crew was flawless.  

What started out as a crazy week couldn't have ended any better. A victory in my very first race with the team was just incredible. I can't thank Scott Tucker, David Stone and the entire Level 5 Motorsports team enough for the opportunity and warm welcome.  It's been a wonderful experience. I really like what's going on here, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.

Next up is the International Sports Car Weekend at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, September 20-21, 2013.   Qualifying at the 3.4-mile track will be held Friday, September 20, at 2:40 p.m. (EDT) and will be streamed live on ESPN3.  The race will be held on Saturday, September 21, at 3:45 p.m. (EDT).  In addition to being streamed live on ESPN3, the event will also be broadcast on ESPN2 Sunday, September 22, at 1 p.m. (EDT).

 

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2013 Orion Energy Systems 245


Road America, the big and beautiful.  To me, it's one of the greatest race tracks ever built.  It's long, fast and smooth with some elevation change and some of the fastest corners and straightaways that we see here in North America.  And did I mention beautiful?  I just love this place.

2013 Orion Energy Systems 245


Road America, the big and beautiful.  To me, it's one of the greatest race tracks ever built.  It's long, fast and smooth with some elevation change and some of the fastest corners and straightaways that we see here in North America.  And did I mention beautiful?  I just love this place.

Road America… it's big, it's beautiful.  For me, it's one of the greatest race tracks ever built.  It's long, fast and smooth with some of the fastest corners and straightaways seen in North America.  Throw in some elevation change and… did I mention it's beautiful?  I just love this place.

The race weekend went pretty well.  We finished 2nd... again... which certainly isn't bad, but being number 2 is getting a bit old! 

The handling of our Honda Racing HPD improved all week due to the ESM crew working diligently on setup.  We did however lose Friday's 2nd practice session due to an engine swap. That put us behind the competition a bit.  But in qualifying I was still able to put in a lap good enough for 2nd on the grid. Given the lost time on Friday, I was pleased.

As luck would have it, when race time came around it brought the rain with it - surprise, surprise…. we've yet to run these P2 cars in the rain!  

Scott took the first stint and did a great job, charging to the front and setting a great pace.  Fortunately, the rain had let up and the track had started to dry. By the time I got in we were back running on slicks (Michelin's, of course). From there it was a dog fight for the win between Simon Pagenaud, Marino Franchitti and me. 

I made some great passes on them, and they made some great passes on me - it was a tight battle.  I ran behind Marino in 2nd place for most of my stint, but just couldn't run him down.  Though we had had a week with a good handling car that was constantly improving, with the change in track conditions we picked up a massive amount of understeer... the car just wouldn't turn.  As a driver, you can always adjust your driving style to get around a car's particular handling issue, but terminal understeer is just one of those things you can't do much with.  If the car doesn't want to turn, it doesn't want to turn!  It was frustrating. Feeling as if I had one arm tied behind my back while battling for the lead, I did what I could to keep us in contention.

In the end it came down to fuel strategy.  With 11 minutes to go we pitted for a quick splash and go. Marino pitted for fuel on the very next lap. Just as he was coming out of the pits I got by for position, then a full-course caution came out. 

Now I'm thinking… "great, we just nabbed the lead and we're under yellow - we just might have this race won."  Little did I know, Simon had pitted about 20 minutes earlier and was in front of the both of us. DOH!!!  A disappointing realization for sure.  

Sadly, the real disappointment was finishing under yellow and not having the chance to fight for the win. But.. it was what it was - another race, another 2nd place.  We continue to close the gap in championship points as we currently sit in 3rd.

Baltimore is next - and I already know that's going to be a wild one!

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2013 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix


Wow! This year's Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was a wild one! 

First of all, I loved all the updates and improvements that were made at Mosport and as always, I was ecstatic flying around the circuit.  'Mosport' is hands-down one of the greatest race tracks in the world and is only getting better under the new ownership.

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2013 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix


Wow! This year's Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was a wild one! 

First of all, I loved all the updates and improvements that were made at Mosport and as always, I was ecstatic flying around the circuit.  'Mosport' is hands-down one of the greatest race tracks in the world and is only getting better under the new ownership.

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Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix

Wow! This year's Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was a wild one! 

First of all, I loved all the updates and improvements that were made at Mosport and as always, I was ecstatic flying around the circuit.  'Mosport' is hands-down one of the greatest race tracks in the world and is only getting better under the new ownership.

We finished 2nd in P2 and 3rd overall. Traffic was totally insane and played a major role in the on-track action. It added a lot of excitement for the fans …and drivers too!

We started out the weekend pretty far off the pace with an ill-handling car. Our issues continued throughout practice and qualifying. But, as expected, the ESM Racing/Tequila Patrón Honda HPD's were really good in the race. And that's a testament to our skilled crew and the attention to detail they put forth every weekend. 

In the 01 car, I had a great scrap with Mike Conway from Level 5 Motorsports right from the drop of the green flag. We both did two stints, swapping the lead a few times and running nose-to-tail for nearly an hour and 45 minutes straight. It was extremely intense but an absolute blast. Scott Sharp had a great stint as well, grabbing the lead from Scott Tucker early on and battling with Marino Franchitti the rest of the way.  His chance for a last-lap pass for the win was unfortunately thwarted by lapped traffic.   He was oh so close...  if only we had had one more lap!

We closed out the weekend 3rd in the championship standings and very much in the hunt.  Stay tuned… it remains very close. 

Next up is the Orion Energy Systems 245 at Road America AND the famous Tour de Road America - BIKE RIDE TO FIGHT CANCER!  For the third consecutive year I am helping to raise funds for this special event that benefits LIVESTRONG, The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer and The Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic.  If you'd like to join me in helping those fighting against cancer and make a small donation you can do so by visiting this link: 

http://laf.livestrong.org/site/TR/Grassroots/Grassroots?px=4117418&pg=personal&fr_id=1530

Thanks again for reading and for all of your support! 

~ Guy

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2013 Northeast Grand Prix


In what is being referred to as the most exciting and controversial race of the year, Scott Sharp and I 'tore up' Lime Rock Park in our ESM/Tequila Patrón P2 HPD's and were dominant all day long - that is, until contact by our competitors with three minutes remaining spun me around and put me into the guard rail.  I was able to get the car re-fired and turned around, taking the checkered flag in 2nd place and not happy about it.

2013 Northeast Grand Prix


In what is being referred to as the most exciting and controversial race of the year, Scott Sharp and I 'tore up' Lime Rock Park in our ESM/Tequila Patrón P2 HPD's and were dominant all day long - that is, until contact by our competitors with three minutes remaining spun me around and put me into the guard rail.  I was able to get the car re-fired and turned around, taking the checkered flag in 2nd place and not happy about it.

2013 Northeast Grand Prix

In what is being referred to as the most exciting and controversial race of the year, Scott Sharp and I 'tore up' Lime Rock Park in our ESM/Tequila Patrón P2 HPD's and were dominant all day long - that is, until contact by our competitors with three minutes remaining spun me around and put me into the guard rail.  I was able to get the car re-fired and turned around, taking the checkered flag in 2nd place and not happy about it.

Post-race review encouraged IMSA to penalize the 551 car of Ryan Briscoe and Scott Tucker the equivalent of a Stop + 60-second penalty, giving them 3rd place points and moving us to 1st place points - although we were still not deemed the official race winners.

This is great for championship points, but all of us at Extreme Speed Motorsports are more determined than ever to take the fight to our competitors at Level 5 Racing.  IT'S ON!!!

Photos by John Thawley. 

 

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2013 Sahlens 6 Hours of The Glen


This weekend I made a guest appearance in the Extreme Speed Motorsports Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458 GT, joining Mike Hedlund and Johannes van Overbeek for one of my favorite events of the year at one of my favorite race tracks - the Sahlen's 6 Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International.

2013 Sahlens 6 Hours of The Glen


This weekend I made a guest appearance in the Extreme Speed Motorsports Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458 GT, joining Mike Hedlund and Johannes van Overbeek for one of my favorite events of the year at one of my favorite race tracks - the Sahlen's 6 Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International.

2013 Sahlen's 6 Hours of The Glen

This weekend I made a guest appearance in the Extreme Speed Motorsports Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458 GT, joining Mike Hedlund and Johannes van Overbeek for one of my favorite events of the year at one of my favorite race tracks - the Sahlen's 6 Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International.

After insane amounts of rain and varying weather we lucked out with nearly a completely dry race, minus a very short period of drizzle while I was in the car.  We had a great race, running strong and as high as 3rd place before a slight hiccup during one of our pit stops put us back a bit.  We ultimately finished 6th, but it was an enjoyable day for sure. 

Here are a few shots my wife, Louisa took.  Enjoy! 

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2013 American Le Mans Monterey


What a race!  Things didn't quite go our way, but we certainly had the effort to beat. The car was at it's best of the weekend thanks to the collaborative effort of everyone at ESM Racing.

The start of the race was just awesome. I started the race in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón HPD 4th in class and made a killer charge to the lead.  The car felt great. Right at the green flag I was able to slip under the PC-class car that sat between both Level 5 Motorsports P2 cars and me, and was right behind them.  

 

2013 American Le Mans Monterey


What a race!  Things didn't quite go our way, but we certainly had the effort to beat. The car was at it's best of the weekend thanks to the collaborative effort of everyone at ESM Racing.

The start of the race was just awesome. I started the race in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón HPD 4th in class and made a killer charge to the lead.  The car felt great. Right at the green flag I was able to slip under the PC-class car that sat between both Level 5 Motorsports P2 cars and me, and was right behind them.  

 

Ups & Downs at Laguna

What a race!  Things didn't quite go our way, but we certainly had the effort to beat. The car was at it's best of the weekend thanks to the collaborative effort of everyone at ESM Racing.

The start of the race was just awesome. I started the race in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón HPD 4th in class and made a killer charge to the lead.  The car felt great. Right at the green flag I was able to slip under the PC-class car that sat between both Level 5 Motorsports P2 cars and me, and was right behind them.  

A few laps later I was able to slip by Ryan Briscoe for 2nd place, then ran down Scott Tucker, passed him for the lead and ran away.  We were dominant.  Unfortunately, two separate instances of a cut right-rear tire put us in the pits and down a few laps to the competition.  Due to the massive loads the car goes through in Laguna Seca's high-speed, banked corners like turn 9 & 10, we believe the inner side-wall of the right rear might have been rubbing inside the fender well of the deck lid (tail cover).  A real shame, as our Michelin tires were flawless to that point.

During one of the pit stops the team took out a bunch of camber in the right-rear to make for more clearance, and as a precaution we changed tires a bit more often.  When Scott took over he had a solid run to the end without too much drama... though due to an unfortunate electrical issue and retirement from our sister car, we were locked in for a 3rd place finish.

The best part of the weekend for me was being able to really get in sync with this HPD P2 car.  Sebring was all about trying to finish building the cars, shake them down, sort through the teething problems and just survive the 12 hours.  Long Beach was a handful of laps in practice and boom, race time.  This weekend we actually had a number of practice sessions where each of us got to spend some TIME in the car and work on setup - get to know how the car reacts, responds and the right way to drive it.  NOW I'm starting to really like this car (and why shouldn't I? It's an HPD Prototype!).

During the break before the next race at Lime Rock we'll finally be able to do some testing and really learn these cars, from both a set up and driving standpoint.  I'm really looking forward to that!  The Level 5 guys have lots of experience ahead of us with these cars, but we've already shown to give them a good run for their money.  I can't wait for our next outing!

We'll take the third place and the points along with it.  

Thanks for reading,

Guy

 

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2013 Toyota Grand Prix at Long Beach


​What a weekend! I've finally got my first win at Long Beach. I've been waiting for that one for a very long time, and I couldn't be happier about earning it on this particular weekend. On a personal note, I got to spend it with my new bride Louisa… and it was her birthday. She had said I'd better win for her and I gladly do whatever she asks!  We also celebrated Johannes van Overbeek's birthday which was earlier this week.

Life at Extreme Speed Motorsports couldn't be better these days. The new Honda/HPD prototypes are nothing short of bad-ass. They are fast, responsive, and with a little bit of luck, you just aim them right at the winner's circle. Scott, Johannes, Ed and I are living the dream driving these things.

2013 Toyota Grand Prix at Long Beach


​What a weekend! I've finally got my first win at Long Beach. I've been waiting for that one for a very long time, and I couldn't be happier about earning it on this particular weekend. On a personal note, I got to spend it with my new bride Louisa… and it was her birthday. She had said I'd better win for her and I gladly do whatever she asks!  We also celebrated Johannes van Overbeek's birthday which was earlier this week.

Life at Extreme Speed Motorsports couldn't be better these days. The new Honda/HPD prototypes are nothing short of bad-ass. They are fast, responsive, and with a little bit of luck, you just aim them right at the winner's circle. Scott, Johannes, Ed and I are living the dream driving these things.

Victory at Long Beach!

What a weekend! I've finally got my first win at Long Beach. I've been waiting for that one for a very long time, and I couldn't be happier about earning it on this particular weekend. On a personal note, I got to spend it with my new bride Louisa… and it was her birthday. She had said I'd better win for her and I gladly do whatever she asks!  We also celebrated Johannes van Overbeek's birthday which was earlier this week.

Life at Extreme Speed Motorsports couldn't be better these days. The new Honda/HPD prototypes are nothing short of bad-ass. They are fast, responsive, and with a little bit of luck, you just aim them right at the winner's circle. Scott, Johannes, Ed and I are living the dream driving these things.

The Long Beach schedule, being what it is, is compressed to say-the-least. We have limited track time to work out a set-up and get each driver situated in the car. Fortunately, the crew was prepared and got us up-to-speed right off the trailer. We hit the track Friday morning and just got better with every lap.

Surprisingly, our biggest challenge was how to navigate the Prototype Challenge cars. Those guys were really well suited to the Long Beach circuit and they were fast. We knew after qualifying, our day was going to rely on how smart we dealt with the PC's and traffic. The Challenge cars were exceptionally quick out of the hole and off the corners. Even though we could run them down on the straight, getting around them was an entirely different thing. It took braking and patience.

I said I wanted to win this race and we did!  Plus, I did what I said I was going to do – I drove it to the front and I handed it off to Scott in first place.  I love when things go according to plan. And it was a great race.  I was able to take the lead of the race just 14 minutes in after getting around Level 5’s Scott Tucker.  Scott did a great job fighting me hard for position.  We were in traffic and I just got a better run on him coming out of the hairpin.  We moved around some GTC cars and I was in his draft and was able to get by.  He pinched me pretty tight, like a driver should, but he was really clean and fair. From there I was able to set the pace. It was fun to pass through the pack and get up into the lead and hand the car off to Scott nice and clean.

Following our pit sequence, Scott got back around Johannes in our sister Honda with about 47 minutes remaining. He did a great job finishing and here we are celebrating our first win in the P2 class. Johannes and Ed finished second ahead of Level 5’s No. 551 HPD of Tucker and Ryan Briscoe.

We have a lot more to learn with these cars.  If we can just get through Laguna unscathed, then we have a big break.  We’re going to do some testing and really learn these cars and keep improving.

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2013 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring


The 61st Sebring 12 Hour was my first race back in the American Le Mans Series P2 class and my first drive in the brand new HPD ARX-03b prototype.  Earlier in the month, along with my Extreme Speed Motorsports teammates, I got the news that we would be jumping from the GT class and our familiar Ferraris and take on the challenge of the P2 Prototype division, transitioning to the purpose built Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b prototypes.

2013 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring


The 61st Sebring 12 Hour was my first race back in the American Le Mans Series P2 class and my first drive in the brand new HPD ARX-03b prototype.  Earlier in the month, along with my Extreme Speed Motorsports teammates, I got the news that we would be jumping from the GT class and our familiar Ferraris and take on the challenge of the P2 Prototype division, transitioning to the purpose built Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b prototypes.

The 61st running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida

The 61st Sebring 12 Hour was my first race back in the American Le Mans Series P2 class and my first drive in the brand new HPD ARX-03b prototype.  Earlier in the month, along with my Extreme Speed Motorsports teammates, I got the news that we would be jumping from the GT class and our familiar Ferraris and take on the challenge of the P2 Prototype division, transitioning to the purpose built Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b prototypes.

This change also created a shake up within the team's traditional driver pairings. I had previously shared driving duties in the Ferrari with co-driver Ed Brown. For the prototypes, the change was made to put me in No. 01 car with team owner, Scott Sharp. In addition, sports car veteran David Brabham was added to the mix as the third driver for Sebring's 12 Hour test of endurance.

To say it was an interesting week would be an understatement. New cars can always be temperamental. The jump to a new class brought even more challenges to our two-car team's workload. Nonetheless, every one stepped up to the occasion with a professional level of excitement and enthusiasm.

All-in-all, I think this was a very promising P2 debut for the team. Early in the week we struggled a bit battling the typical 'new-car blues' but ultimately we got things sorted and found ourselves having a clean race and relatively strong race pace that put us into the lead. Unfortunately a broken input shaft took us out of contention for the win, but a fifth place finish is still my personal best at Sebring!

I will say this, the HPD P2 machines are a blast to drive. I'm really looking forward to the rest of our season. It's great being back in a prototype and it's great to be taking a run at the championship with Scott.

My  teammates in the No. 02 car started in the fifth position.  Anthony Lazzaro drove the first stint and ran as high as third in class.  The team cruised through the driver lineup of Lazzaro, Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek without any mechanical issues and finished fourth.

I'll have another chance in the HPD P2 in several weeks as next on the schedule is the Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach scheduled for April 19-20, 2013.

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2013 Daytona Testing


2013 Daytona Testing


2013 ROAR Before the 24 at Daytona


Adding to his full time position with Extreme Speed Motorsports and Tequila Patron in the 2013 American Le Mans Series, Guy Cosmo will take advantage of his 2013 Grand Am Rolex Series "free agent" status lending his talents and Ferrari experience to defending Rolex Series GT Champions AIM Autosport FXDD Racing With Ferrari for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 26 -27, 2013

Cosmo will make his debut with the team January 4-6, joining co-drivers Emil Assentato, Anthony Lazzaro & Nick Longhi at this week's ROAR Before the 24 testing at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets for the 2013 Roar Before the Rolex 24 are $15 per day and include garage access. Kids 12 and under and 2013 Rolex 24 ticket holders will receive free admission to the Roar Before the Rolex 24.