Reunited with the #02 Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458GT and his co-driver Ed Brown, Guy Cosmo is looking forward to the annual Roar On The Shore, Saturday April 14th, when the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón lights up the streets of southern California at the 2012 Long Beach Grand Prix.
Cosmo joined stablemates Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek in the #01 Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458GT for the 60th running of the Twelve Hours of Sebring in March. While the driver combination proved to be a quick and formidable force, unprovoked contact in the early going set off a chain of nagging mechanical issues through out the 12 hour race.
"It was great to share the #01 Ferrari with Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek at Sebring," said Cosmo. "But I'm excited to be back in the #02 with Ed Brown. We're back on target for our program in the #02 just as we've had for the past two seasons. We're going to have a very strong season together."
"Last year the Extreme Speed Motorsports team gave Ed (Brown) and I a very good car," added Cosmo. "We were very quick and Ed drove the best he's ever driven. Unfortunately we went down a lap when an LMP car drove Ed off course. The car wouldn't re-fire putting us out of contention for a good result. This year I know the Ferrari is faster, Ed is faster, and heck, maybe even Guy is faster. We are going all out for our best finish yet."
This will be the 38th running of the Long Beach Grand Prix. The event is easily recognized as the grand daddy of all street course races. Many credit the event with Long Beach's economic revitalization over the years as the area has become one of southern California's crown jewels alone the Pacific.
"I love Long Beach," exclaimed Cosmo. "I mean, who doesn't? With Tequila Patrón as the event sponsor, it's destined to be the year's biggest street party. And the racing will be phenomenal. It's such an amazing event with an incredible amount of energy. No doubt it's one of the best venues on the schedule. I just want to get on track and get to work."
The Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach runs on Saturday, April 14. The race will start at 7:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN2. The second round of the championship also will be shown live on ESPN3 in the United States.
Guy Cosmo, 2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year drives 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 38 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. Follow Guy through the racing weekend on Twitter @guycosmo and on Facebook.
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.