It's been a long hot summer for Guy Cosmo turning in his poolside chaise for the confines of the drivers seat. This week the tour will hit the 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America, North America's longest sports car course.
Cosmo and the Extreme Speed Motorsports crew are anxious to put the Patrón F430 Ferrari GTs through their paces. Road America is a track well suited to the speed and handling characteristics of the Ferrari… and that's just the way Cosmo and his co-driver, Ed Brown, like it.
This will be the seventh stop on the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron championship season. It is a highly anticipated event due to the fact it backs right up to next weeks eighth round at Mosport International in Ontario, Canada. This means teams must have a no-mistake weekend. It's a back-to-back turn around for the crew as the caravan of teams and transporters will leave directly from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and head straight to Mosport International in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
"We're definitely into the summer stretch," said Guy Cosmo. "But it's good. There's nothing better than being busy… especially when I'm in a race car. It's our guys on the crew that really take the hit. They're non-stop for the next 12 days."
"But then again," laughed Cosmo, "there is no rest for the wicked. The ESM guys are totally wicked."
"I'm really hoping we can catch our rhythm and use the packed schedule to our advantage," Cosmo continued. "We've had our fair share of knocks through the mid-season and I'm hoping we can put it behind us and show what we've got in these last three races. We're taking it one race at a time, but it's hard to ignore that the season finale (Petit Le Mans) is a 10 hour endurance race and one that can give the team a high note to carry into the off-season. That's the kind of momentum that can jump-start the team in 2011. Either way everyone at ESM is focused on the same goal, we're all in it to win it."
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. Cosmo is a race record-holder at Mid-Ohio (for fastest lap in the GTC series, which he set in 2009 in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup). 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.
The ESM Ferraris are running on cellulosic E85R biofuel. The switch to alternative fuels not only helps the performance of the cars, its also in line with the American Le Mans Series global leadership of Green Racing.
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.
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the American Le Mans Series powered by eStar. The seventh round of the 2010 championship is set for 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 22. SPEED will air the race live at 3 p.m. ET with live radio coverage 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. Americanlemans.com will stream Friday’s qualifying session starting at 3:10 p.m. CT. 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.