After enjoying a solid test session at Daytona, Guy Cosmo and defending Rolex Series GT Champions AIM Autosport FXDD Racing With Ferrari report all systems go for the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 26 -27, 2013. Cosmo, full time driver for Extreme Speed Motorsports and Tequila Patron in the 2013 American Le Mans Series, is lending his talents and Ferrari experience to defending Rolex Series GT Champions AIM Autosport FXDD Racing With Ferrari for the annual 24 hour classic.
Cosmo spent his week working with team principal Ian Willis and with co-drivers Emil Assentato, Anthony Lazzaro & Nick Longhi. The team and drivers worked on reliability and car setups throughout the week, focusing on developing a strong 24 hour strategy.
"It was great getting acclimated with the AIM Autosport FXDD Racing With Ferrari team this week," said Cosmo. "We had a very successful test. I really enjoyed working with the AIM crew and my long-lost engineer Ian Willis. Of course, hanging with Segal, Lazzaro, Papis, Vilander, Longhi & Assentato was a total rip. Those guys are characters, and we had a blast."
"I'm really looking forward to the 24," added Cosmo, "It's one of the greatest endurance races in the world. I wasn't slated to race with Extreme Speed at Daytona this year and they've been gracious in allowing me to join AIM Autosport FXDD Racing for the event. That means I get to run with the 2012 Rolex Series GT champions and stay behind the wheel of a Ferrari. For one reason or another, success keeps eluding me at the Rolex 24. This is a new year, though... and my New Years resolution is to win races this year. So I'm fairly confident I'm going into the 2013 race with my best chances yet. The Rolex 24 at Daytona is an event every driver dreams of winning... and what better chance of getting it done than with the team and the Ferrari that won last years Championship."
ABOUT GUY COSMO:
A native of New York, 36 year-old Guy Cosmo now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida. A stand out among North American sports car drivers, Cosmo is currently under contract with Extreme Speed Motorsports, driving with Ed Brown in the No. 02 Patrón Ferrari 458 Italia, fighting in the highly competitive American Le Mans Series GT championship.
Though his background was in open wheel cars, Cosmo broke into the American Le Mans Series in 2005 competing in LMP2 with the B-K Motorsports / Courage-Mazda effort where he earned the ALMS 2005 Rookie of the Year award. In 2009, he transitioned into the GT ranks with Orbit Racing prior to taking his current position with Extreme Speed Motorsports. He has 46 starts in the American Le Mans Series, including 2 wins and 11 top 3 finishes. In addition, Guy has 3 poles to his record and has set the race fast lap 5 times.
In addition to his ESM ALMS duties, Cosmo has made dozens of appearances in the Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series. In 2009 he competed in six Daytona Prototype races with Spirit of Daytona. Between 2006 and 2009, Guy competed in 30 races driving prototypes. His most recent driving duties in the Series were with Extreme Speed Motorsports in 2012. The team participated in four events in the Rolex Series GT class.
When not competing, newly-wed Cosmo spends his time in West Palm Beach with his wife, Louisa.
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.
Established in 1995, AIM Autosport operates multi-car teams competing in the Rolex Sports Cars Series, the Star Mazda Series and the USF2000 Series . The company has a mandate to identify, train and manage emerging motorsport talent.
AIM has provided many young drivers with a solid foundation on which to build a career in professional open-wheel racing. The success of the AIM driver development programs has been achieved through the dedication of our employees and the ongoing support of our commercial and technical partners.
Away from the track, AIM Autosport serves the needs of the racing community with a purpose-built preparation shop situated in the Toronto suburb of Woodbridge, Ontario.
The facility features a fully equipped machine shop and provides a full range of customer-car services including chassis repairs and restorations, gearbox blueprinting, and custom fabrication work. Through its sales division, AIM Autosport is also a factory authorized distributor/retailer of several industry leading racing products including:
- Hewland (transmission and gearbox components)
- MK Technologies (alignment platforms and gauges)
On or off the track AIM Autosport is a business driven by competition, the spirit of teamwork, and the pursuit of excellence in professional motorsport.
Headquartered in the heart of New York City's Financial District at 7 World Trade Center, FXDD employs a diverse workforce of over 180 Forex specialists fluent in 13 languages. FXDD offers trading solutions to individual and institutional traders, hedge funds, money managers, white labels, and introducing brokers; all of which are tailored to each specific trader's needs and strategies.
The Grand American Road Racing Association was established in 1999 and is located in Daytona Beach, Florida, near the homes of NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), and Daytona International Speedway. Although originated by some members of the NASCAR community, Grand-Am centers on different styles of racing including sports car racing and touring car racing on road racing circuits throughout North America.
On September 4, 2008, NASCAR Holdings announced their buyout of the Grand American Road Racing Association in an attempt to merge communications, research, and marketing resources into a single entity, while allowing each organization to continue to control their own racing series.
On September 5, 2012 the series announced that they will be merging with American Le Mans Series. Both series will stay current in 2013 and will have a combined series in 2014.