Heading into the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in Quebec, for the 10th of 12 rounds of the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series, Iowa Speedway winner Guy Cosmo resides sixth in the championship points, and only 32 points out of the lead.
With eight straight top-10 finishes, Cosmo has every reason to be optimistic about his chances going into the weekend. Guy will be joined in the No. 127 Fountain Motorsports Ironclad/Hawk Brakes BMW 330i by Matt Plumb. Matt co-drove to a second place finish at Trois-Rivières last season.
“I’m really pleased that Matt Plumb will join me in the No. 127 BMW this weekend,” expressed Guy. “Matt's a great driver, he's very fast and smart behind the wheel. I'm sure he'll qualify the car up front and hand it over in a position for me to charge for the win. I'm really looking forward to the pairing.”
Official practice on the legendary Candian circuit begins Friday for both divisions, with ST qualifying at 9:15 a.m. local time Saturday and GS qualifying scheduled for 9:45 a.m. The two-hour ST race will start at 1:30 p.m. local time Saturday, while the GS race will start at 3 p.m. local time Sunday.
"The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres is always such an exciting event,” Guy added. “I absolutely love racing here. My first experience at the track was in 2001, when I raced in the Toyota Atlantic Championship for Duesenberg Brothers Racing. The fans are incredibly enthusiastic and the track is extremely challenging.”
Last year, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres was the site of Guy’s debut with Fountain Motorsports. Unfortunately, it was a short afternoon.
“My only other visit at the track was last year,” Guy recalled. “It was my first event with Fountain Motorsports. My teammate Paul Stoddart qualified and started the car. As luck would have it, Paul got trapped in a huge pile-up on lap three, and so I never saw any green-flag action. Considering the great promise we showed in practice, though, I feel we've got some unfinished business at Trois-Rivieres.”
Guy hasn’t been resting during the KONI Challenge Series break. A full schedule has been keeping Cosmo very busy.
“I have been in so many different Daytona Prototypes with so many different teams and co-drivers this season,“ laughed Guy. “variety is never missing in my schedule! So, it’s nice to climb back in the KONI Challenge car this week and focus only on that program. My Fountain Motorsports BMW 330i slips on like an Ironclad Driving Glove - it's a perfect fit every time.”
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 success 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.
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