With his back injury on the mend, Guy Cosmo will join co-driver, Ed Brown and the Extreme Speed Motorsports team as they take to the streets of Baltimore for this weeks American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón for the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT. The eighth round of the American Le Mans Series championship is 2-hour charge through the city's Inner Harbor district.
Though Cosmo and Brown did not fair well at the 2011 Baltimore race, the two drivers of the No. 02 Patrón Ferrari 458 GT are looking forward to revisiting the venue and the abbreviated race length.
“The two-hour format should bode well for Ed and me," said Guy. "We were strong on the streets of Long Beach so we'll have a good setup heading into the Baltimore street circuit. It's a condensed schedule with limited track time, so it's important to be strong rolling off the trailer. We are ready.”
Given the success of last year's event, everyone is looking forward to getting back to Baltimore. The 2011 crowds were incredibly enthusiastic.
“Baltimore was an incredible event last year," added Cosmo. "Though we had some problems that kept us from a good result, the event was so exciting and massively attended, it was still a lot of fun. I've been looking forward to getting back there ever since, but more so to make up for last year and grab a great finish."
The Extreme Speed Motorsports team will appear at Baltimore's Little Italy Wednesday, August 29 to celebrating Ferrari's Italian heritage by taking the No. 01 and No. 02 Tequila Patrón Ferrari Italy 458 race cars on a cruise down High Street. In addition, the ESM drivers will participate in Little Italy’s traditional bocce ball game, meet with fans and spend time in the historic Little Italy community.
The Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT is a two-day event. ALMS teams will take the track for two practice sessions on Friday, August 31, followed by qualifying at 5:27 p.m. (ET). Green flag for the race is on Saturday, September 1, at 4:30 p.m. (ET).
Full and live coverage starts at 4:15 p.m. ET Saturday, September 1, on ESPN3. ABC’s television coverage of the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT begins at noon (ET) on Sunday, September. 2.
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 GTCseries, 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. You can find out more about Guy Cosmo at http://www.guycosmo.com or 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.