Bowmanville, ONT (June 16, 2005) — After opening the Grand-Am Cup season with an encouraging fifth place finish at Daytona in February, Guy Cosmo suffered through three consecutive rounds of misfortune in his BGB Motorsports Porsche 996. Cosmo was able to make it to the finish in last weekends Chemung Canal 200 at Watkins Glen and is hoping that this weekend he will be able to not only make it to the finish, but also score another strong result in the Grand Am 200 at Mosport International Raceway. The race is round six of eleven for Cosmo and his teammate Mark Plummer in their BGB Motorsports Porsche 996.
Described as one of the most challenging tracks in North America, the 2.459-mile natural terrain circuit features a number of blind, high-speed corners, as well as significant elevation changes. Can-Am, IndyCar, and Formula 1 have all raced on the track with drivers like Fittipaldi, Andretti, Donohue, Ickx, Stewart, and Foyt taking wins on the daunting circuit.
Cosmo himself is also on that list, having scored victories at the track in both US F2000 competition as well as during his championship-winning 2002 Star Mazda season, when he scored the pole position by over a full second to the field. Cosmo loves racing at the track, which lies sixty miles east of Toronto.
“Mosport is a track that separates the men from the boys with all the fast, blind corners and sweeping elevation changes,” said Cosmo. “The track also has some very long corners, which should be good for our Porsche. The car is constantly under load here, and our car is very well behaved at the limit. Hopefully that will be an advantage for us.”
With rain forecast for Friday and possibly for the race on Saturday, it’s anybody’s guess what is going to happen weather wise for the race, which is scheduled to get underway at 3:30 PM EST, but Cosmo is hoping for a dry race.
“I enjoy the challenge of racing in the rain, but feel like we have something to prove to our competition in the dry.” said Cosmo. “The BGB Motorsports crew has done a great job to avoid the small problems that took us out of some of the races earlier this season, and we have made a lot of progress with our set up.”
Cosmo’s teammate Plummer will qualify the car on Friday and start the race on Saturday before turning the car over to Cosmo. The race will be aired on Speed Channel, although the air date has not yet been announced.