Will Participate in the Tour de Road America Fundraiser for LIVESTRONG
Guy Cosmo will head to Road America this week for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase. The green flag drops at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 20. Cosmo will be joined for the four hour classic by his teammate Ed Brown driving the No. 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports Patrón Ferrari 458GT.
A legendary fixture in the racing community, racers relish Road America's challenging turns, curves and high-speed straights. The 4.048 mile track follows the sweeping, rolling hills of the glacially-formed Wisconsin terrain providing dramatic elevation changes. Many world champions have tested their skills here and return yearly attempting to set new records.
"I always look forward to this weekend," said Cosmo. "Road America is one of the greatest race tracks on the planet. It is the epitome of American road racing circuits. It's long, fast, and extremely rewarding when you get everything right. When you don't… it's another 4 miles before you get another crack at turning a good lap."
Cosmo and Brown enjoyed a 5th place finish famed Wisconsin circuit in 2010. Their best finish of 2010. Cosmo is confident they can better that result.
"Ed (Brown) really loves this place," added Cosmo. "He's also been looking forward to this weekend ever since the season started. He knows the track well and did a great job last year. The 4-mile length at Road America, provides a good opportunity to stay on the lead lap no matter what hurdles you face. I'm pretty a intense driver every time I get behind the wheel, but this weekend I'll be on a serious mission. We finished a remarkable 5th place here last year. This year we're shooting for a podium."
Cosmo will carry his enthusiasm away from the track this week by participating in the Tour de Road America on Friday evening. Proceeds for the fundraising cycling event go to the LIVESTRONG Lance Armstrong Foundation, Austin Hatcher Foundation and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic.
"One of the highlights of the weekend is going to be participating the Tour de Road America Friday evening," said Guy. "I'm participating in the event for the first time, and I can't wait. I purchased a bicycle and began riding and training for the Tour de Road America last week. I'm committed to pedal my heart out help fight cancer however I can."
"Not only am I participating in the event as a show of support," added Guy, "I also chose to contribute to the fundraising efforts by reaching out to all my friends, family and Facebook followers asking each to make a small donation supporting my participation in the ride. I'm pleased to report that in just three days we met my initial goal raising over $2000. We've got until Friday this week to double that, and I hope we can. People can still make contributions at http://austin2011.livestrong.org/guycosmo - every little bit helps."
The Time Warner Road Race Showcase is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 20 with ABC airing the race at 4:30 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT) on Sunday, August 21. Live video coverage on race day will be available at 3:45 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. For more information on the broadcasts, go to americanlemans.com/tv.
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.