Guy Cosmo wasn't feeling a whole lot of love after Saturday's American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. With co-driver Ed Brown and the No. 02 Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458GT caught up in an early race melee, it was in the hands of the No. 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports to make the necessary repairs. Brown and Cosmo combined a brilliant effort with determination to finish 11th on the day.
"Today was just another one of those days where things don't go your way," sighed Cosmo. "Ed [Brown] was doing a great job running consistent laps and keeping a good pace getting through traffic when he got clobbered by an LMPC car. A number of other GT cars were collected in the incident, unfortunately leaving Ed an innocent victim."
The No. 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports / Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458GT suffered a broken rear suspension in the incident. Brown was able to get the car to pit lane where the Extreme Speed Motorsports crew got to work on repairs. About 21 laps later the car was ready to roll and Ed went back out… if only to get some valuable seat time.
An hour later Cosmo climbed behind the wheel to complete the remaining hour and fifteen minutes.
"As always," noted Cosmo, "I really enjoyed pushing the Ferrari to it's limits and dicing it up with all my compatriots out there. Unfortunately my efforts weren't really gaining us anything except for a handful of positions. Still, a finish is important and certainly better than none. Of course that was thanks to the ESM guys that work on the No. 02 car."
All wasn't lost for the Extreme Speed team as whole though. Team owner Scott Sharp and co-driver Johannes van Overbeek enjoyed a solid run in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458GT grabbing a 4th place finish on the day.
"I'm really happy for the No. 01 crew along Scott and Johannes," added Guy. "We're a two car team and what's good for one is good for all… so we're extremely proud of our sister team's result."
"Lime Rock has not been very nice to me for several years now," Cosmo observed. "I'm not sure how I'll feel coming back next year. It's a shame. Technically it's my 'home' track, having grown up on Long Island, NY. This is where all my friends and family have a chance to come and cheer me on. I can say when we do come back, I'll be on a mission!"
The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix will air on ESPN2 starting at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 10. The race will then be available for on-demand viewing at ESPN3.com for three weeks and at americanlemans.com indefinitely. The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón next heads north of the border for Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport on July 22-24.
Guy Cosmo, 2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year competed last season in the No. 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports Patron Ferrari. 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). Cosmo has 28 starts in the American Le Mans Series, finishing in the top-five 18 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 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the world`s leading sports car championship and is recognized as the Global Leader in Green Racing. In the tradition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, multiple classes of cars - purpose-built prototypes and production-based Grand Touring automobiles - race on the track at the same time to create compelling race action and constant passing. All cars in the Series compete using one of five approved alternative fuels or energy sources: clean sulfur-free diesel, cellulosic E85 or E10, Isobutanol and electric hybrid technologies. The Series has more automobile marques involved than any other major race series in the world as manufacturers develop relevant technologies on track that transfer directly to the customer showroom. The ALMS competes at North America`s premier road racing tracks and selected temporary street circuits in major urban markets.