It was not a banner weekend for the #02 Extreme Speed Motorsports Patrón Ferrari F430 GT's performance at the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. Mincing no words, Guy Cosmo simply stated; "we did not produce the results we were hoping for."
"We just need to get this one behind us and gear up for Mid-Ohio," added Cosmo. "With the ever-changing conditions and limited track time it was a tough weekend for everyone. And that was really what this race was all about. We practiced and qualified in the rain and then race day was dry, hot and humid. Everyone was chasing their set-up and we all suffered with the heat."
"I think the most frustrating part of all is we really had a fantastic time at Lime Rock," said Guy. "We were fortunate enough to have lots of friends and family come out to support us. Having everyone there along with all the guests from Patron experiencing the excitement of American Le Mans Series racing first hand, from the chic surroundings of the Patrón VIP Club was just great."
Extreme Speed Motorsports made their inaugural appearance at the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring and has enjoyed solid results given they're a new team and competing in what is arguably the most completive sports car racing series and division in the world. And even though the last two events did not produce the results they had hoped for, the team takes pride in the fact they are taking the checkered flag and completing the races.
The team tested earlier this summer at Mid-Ohio and Cosmo is confident what they were able to learn will work to their advantage. The transporters and crews move in to Lexington on Wednesday, August 4 in preparation for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge.
"We should roll off the trailer fairly close to race ready," noted Cosmo. "Our summer test there went well, so everyone is very optimistic. We'll be ready."
In 2005 Cosmo drove to victory in the American Le Mans race at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in a Mazda-powered Courage, scoring Mazda's first P2 win in their second race in the category. Cosmo took the helm during the second half of the race and coping with variable weather conditions to out-distance the field and take the team's and his first American Le Mans Series win. He went on to win Rookie of the Year.
The American Le Mans Series returns to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge. The two-hour, 45-minute race – Round 6 of the 2010 championship – is set for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 7. Live race and qualifying video will be streamed online at americanlemans.com. 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 242. The race will be broadcast at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 15 on CBS Sports. 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.
Extreme Speed Motorsports is sponsored by Tequila Patrón, along with support from Ferrari Corse Clienti and the team’s official tire technical partner Michelin. Patrón, a longtime supporter of motorsports racing, is the presenting sponsor of the full American Le Mans Series.