(Millville, NJ) 11 May 2009— With a full time business managing and overseeing track-day events and a growing roster of racers that he works with as driver coach, Guy Cosmo is one busy guy away from the track.
And looking at his schedule in last weekend’s Verizon Wireless 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Cosmo is also a busy guy at the track as well as he was in action in both the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race on Sunday as well as playing a ‘SuperSub’ role in the KONI Sports Car Challenge event on Saturday.
The main focus for Cosmo entering the weekend was his race outing with Spirit of Daytona Racing, as he returned to the cockpit of the familiar No. 09 Coyote-Porsche V8 with co-driver Scott Russell after just one week between the race at VIR and the New Jersey Motorsports Park event.
Continued progress on the machine saw Cosmo wrangling everything he could out of the machine to score 6th on the grid with a fast lap time of 1:15.615-seconds. As the race dawned, the word was “rain,” and with a car that’s shown well in low-grip conditions like Mid-Ohio’s rain race last season, hopes were high.
Those hopes proved to be well-placed as Cosmo stormed to the front of the pack early in the race. After showing the AMA-liveried machine to be up to the task in the early stages, the race didn’t develop as hoped as a series of rain-induced setbacks caused extra pit stops, and that hampered the overall race pace. But Cosmo and Russell soldiered on to bring the car home 11th in class.
“It was great to get by the Ganassi car and get out front,” said Cosmo. “Obviously you always want to be leading, but today, it was great to get out in the lead just so I had a chance to see in front of me! Unfortunately though that wasn’t the case for a lot of the race and we had some things work against us so we couldn’t bring it home where we wanted to. But I’m looking forward to getting the chance to run again at Watkins Glen because I think this Coyote-Porsche V8 package will be really strong there.”
Shortly after he was finished posting a strong Rolex qualifying effort on Saturday, another opportunity popped up as Cosmo was called to co-drive with young up and coming racer Andrew Carbonell for Freedom Autosport in the KONI Challenge race. Jumping in at the last minute to race a car that had the motor in front of him for the first time in ages, Cosmo was once again promptly up to speed despite the change of scenery and machinery.
But after Carbonell had an outstanding opening stint up front, Cosmo had loads of work to do as he strapped in for the second half of the race after a long pit stop sent him back in the pack. But Cosmo made the most of what he had, and fought his way back up the order to finish 4th at the checkered flag.
“It was too bad because that car was no doubt capable of winning this race today, said Cosmo. “It's a fun challenge to jump into a strange car at the last minute and just race, and it went really well once we got the car out of the pits and on to the track. I was hoping to get back onto a KONI Challenge podium again, but it was still good to get Andrew a solid points finish and I want to thank Freedom Autosport for giving me this call.”
That schedule will get busy again next weekend, as Cosmo returns to ALMS action in the Larry Miller Dealerships event at Miller Motorsports Park. Cosmo will drive in the Challenge Class in the event with co-driver J. Baker making his ALMS debut in Porsche GT3 machinery. Cosmo will be in action both as a racer and as a coach, which should keep him busy, just like he likes to be.
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