Adding to his full time position with Extreme Speed Motorsports and Tequila Patron in the 2013 American Le Mans Series, Guy Cosmo will take advantage of his 2013 Grand Am Rolex Series "free agent" status lending his talents and Ferrari experience to defending Rolex Series GT Champions AIM Autosport FXDD Racing With Ferrari for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 26 -27, 2013
Cosmo will make his debut with the team January 4-6, joining co-drivers Emil Assentato, Anthony Lazzaro & Nick Longhi at this week's ROAR Before the 24 testing at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets for the 2013 Roar Before the Rolex 24 are $15 per day and include garage access. Kids 12 and under and 2013 Rolex 24 ticket holders will receive free admission to the Roar Before the Rolex 24.
"I'm thrilled to be joining AIM Autosport FXDD Racing With Ferrari for the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona," said Cosmo. "It's an event every driver dreams of winning... and what better chance of doing it than with the team and the Ferrari that won last years Championship."
"Of course I'm back with Extreme Speed Motorsports and Tequila Patrón for the full American Le Mans Series this season," Guy added. "But since it wasn't part of the plan for me to race at Daytona with them this year, ESM was gracious in allowing me to join AIM Autosport FXDD Racing for this event allowing me to stay behind the wheel of these impeccable Italian machines, while continuing my growing relationship with Ferrari."
No stranger to AIM Autosport, Guy worked with team principal Ian Willis early in his career. Ian served as mentor and race engineer during Cosmo's championship-winning years in USF2000. In addition, Guy has driven with Emil Assentato, finishing 3rd at the Watkins Glen 6 Hour in 2011 teamed with GT Champion Jeff Segal in the FXDD Mazda RX-8.
"We are all very pleased to have Guy for the Rolex 24," said Nick Longhi. "Our partners at FXDD are also happy to have him on the team again for such an important event. The GT category in the 24 has become an all-out sprint race from start to finish and Guy has all the speed and experience we need to stay at the front. Anthony has won this race twice and Emil and I have finished second, so with a Championship winning team and a fantastic Ferrari race car, our ambitions our clear. "
"The Rolex 24 at Daytona is one of the greatest endurance races in the world," Guy acknowledged. "For one reason or another, success keeps eluding me at the 24. 2013 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 24 with my best chances yet. AIM Autosport FXDD Racing With Ferrari are a proven entity and they show up for nothing but the win. I'm here to help!"
ABOUT GUY COSMO:
Guy Cosmo is one of the most successful and versatile young racing drivers of his day. Guy is recognized as a first-class professional racer in the sports car road racing industry, having won the 2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year award and positioning himself as a proven front-runner in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype category. Guy's success stems from supportive family, friends and fans that have helped him through race wins and championships from Kart Racing, Formula Ford, Formula 2000, Star Mazda and Toyota Atlantic, to his professional endeavors in the Grand-Am and American Le Mans Series. Guy’s extensive background between open-wheel formula cars, sports prototypes and GT sedans make him one of the most diverse and accomplished young drivers in the world. 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.