After a successful inaugural run at the 2010 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Guy Cosmo and teammate Ed Brown will put the Patrón Extreme Speed Motorsports No. 2 Ferrari F430 GT2 car through its paces on the streets of Long Beach for the Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series At Long Beach.
In just its second race, the team will go from competing in the longest race of the year to the shortest. The abbreviated 100 minute format denotes Long Beach as the shortest race on the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón schedule.
While the Long Beach Grand Prix will be the first time the Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferraris compete on a street course, team owner Scott Sharp is no stranger to North America's longest running street event. He and teammate David Brabham were victorious in 2008 in the Highcroft Patron Acura prototype.
"I'm excited to be heading out west," said Guy Cosmo, "and equally excited to get the rest of the season underway. We're currently sitting 6th in the points standings, so I'm anxious to find a rhythm and score more points toward the championship."
"I've only raced at Long Beach once before," recalled Guy. "It was in 2001 in the Toyota Atlantic Series and I drove for Chuck West's World Speed Motorsports. As I recall, I had a top-10 finish… and absolutely loved the event. The energy of the city and the people was infectious and the track layout was great. As far as street circuits go, Long Beach is definitely the granddaddy of them all. I can't wait to get the ESM Patrón Ferrari on track!"
The team will have their work cut out for them given the compressed schedule. Cars will hit the track for a two-hour practice round at 7:15AM Friday then a short 1/2 hour session at 5PM. Qualifying for the GT teams will be a 20 minute session beginning at 5:40PM.
The 100 minute Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach race will take the green flag at 4:40PM Saturday.
Guy Cosmo Launches New Web Site
Guy's fans can follow the weekend's activities at his newly designed Web site http://www.guycosmo.com - The site will feature news and photos from the event along with personal entries from Guy posted daily to his blog.
The Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is the second round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. The race, set at the historic Long Beach street circuit, is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 17 with coverage on SPEED set for 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche – a production of Radio Show Limited – as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 245. Visit the Series’ schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.
Guy Cosmo, 2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year and also a former ORBIT Racing driver, competed last season in the No. 47 Porsche 911 GT3. He finished the season 3rd in the Challenge class championship qualifying on the pole three times. Cosmo has 19 starts in the American Le Mans Series, finishing in the top-five 17 times and has been on the winner’s podium twice. In addition to being an accomplished driver, Cosmo is also a highly sought-after driving instructor. Find out more about Guy Cosmo at http://www.guycosmo.com and follow Guy through the racing weekend on Twitter @guycosmo.