Guy Cosmo will head north of the border this weekend (July 22-24) driving the No. 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports Patron Ferrari 458GT when the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón makes its annual visit to Canada for the Mobil 1 Presents Grand Prix of Mosport.
The 2 hour 45 min Grand Prix of Mosport has been part of the American Le Mans Series every season since 1999. Designed and built in the late 1950s, Mosport International Raceway is a 2.459-mile (4.0 km), 10-turn road course. Unlike many historic motorsport venues, Mosport's track layout with it's sweeping turns and dramatic elevation changes has remained mostly unchanged from its original form.
"Mosport is an amazing race track," noted Guy Cosmo. "I've always said, Mosport was a track that was built back when men were men. It can really separate the men from the boys with it's blind, flat-out corners and intimidating elevation changes. It really is the ultimate driver challenge. I've been salivating all year for this week to get here."
While last year's ultimate outcome wasn't what Guy or the team had hoped for, Cosmo is very optimistic of their chances in 2011.
"Last year our No. 02 Patrón F430 Ferrari was very fast," added Guy. "That was thanks to the team's engineer Jim Malicki and the No. 02 ESM crew. We're looking to repeat it with the 458GT and turn in a good result this trip. Ed (Brown) has really developed as a driver and has been significantly faster at this year's races compared to last. With his improved performance and our continued development as a team, I know good results are on the way."
Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, the fourth round of the 2011 ALMS championship, is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 24 with ESPN2 airing the race starting at 10 p.m. ET. Live video coverage will be available at 2:50 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com in the US, and americanlemans.com for international viewers. Canadian fans may also watch live coverage on Rogers Sportsnet. Worldwide radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio at americanlemans.com.
Guy Cosmo, 2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year competed last season in the No. 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports Patrón 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.