Monterey, Calif. (08.05.2006) Guy Cosmo teamed up with Michael McDowell in the Playboy Racing No. 19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms Ford Crawford for the Grand American Rolex Series U.S. Sports Car Invitational race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Sunday turning in another 4th place finish in the Daytona Prototype class. Based on McDowell's finishing position in Saturday's qualifying race, Cosmo started the car from the outside second row.
"This was another good day for Playboy Racing," said Guy Cosmo after the race. "Michael (McDowell) did a great job in the qualifying race again, giving me the 4th place starting spot on the grid."
Cosmo, who is sitting in for the injured Memo Gidley, made a cautious move avoiding contact at the start putting 2 wheels off in the dirt.
Unfortunately it cost him a few positions as the pack exited exited turn two. As the field settled in, Cosmo went to work.
"I had a real good run working my was through the field and gained several positions," continued Cosmo. "The team had decided on an early pit strategy and it really worked in our favor as we gained track position during our stop. I handed the car over to Mike without a scratch and we had him right back out their with the leaders."
With today's fourth place finish, Playboy Racing will be one point behind the leaders in the Rolex Series Team Championship.
"We've had back to back 4th place finishes and with the misfortunes of our closest competitors, we're now at the top of the championship points," said a pleased Cosmo. "That’s exactly where our Playboy/ Uniden/Palms car should be. We’re really looking forward to Phoenix next week. We've got the momentum to get our first feature race win of the year and extend our points lead too.”
Guy Cosmo's extensive background with open-wheel formula cars and sports prototypes has earned him a reputation as one of the most successful and versatile young racing drivers in North America. The
2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year ranks among the top- level road racers in the world. He has earned overall racing titles and major successes in many disciplines including karting, Formula Ford, Formula 2000, Star Mazda, Toyota Atlantic, Grand American and American Le Mans. You can learn more about Guy Cosmo at www.guycosmo.com.
The Grand American Road Racing Association was established in 1999 to return stability to major league sports car road racing in North America. As the organization begins its sixth season of competition in 2005, Grand American is universally regarded as one of the world’s fastest-growing motorsports organizations. The team will next compete in the U.S. Sports Car Invitational at the beautiful Laguna Seca Raceway on Sunday, May 7th.
The No.19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms team will race again Saturday, May 13 at Phoenix International Raceway on the “roval” circuit.