When the Grand American Road Racing Association’s KONI Challenge Series returns to Watkins Glen this week, it will be the first time the GS and ST divisions share the same track since the season opener at Daytona. KONI Challenge Series competitors will participate in the same race for Saturday's three-hour Supercuts 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International, which begins at 3:30 p.m.
Coming off a 4th place win at Mid-Ohio and enjoying a string of top-10 finishes, Guy Cosmo and the #127 Fountain Motorsports BMW team head to the Glen residing in 4th place for the Championship standings.
“We’re in pretty good shape,” noted Guy Cosmo. “We’ve had some races where we feel we could have done better, but all-in-all, we’re extremely pleased with the team’s consistency and, more importantly, the crew’s tenacity. These guys refuse to give up no matter how tough things get.”
A native New Yorker, Cosmo always looks forward to racing at the Glen.
“I love racing here,” said Guy. “We were here a couple of weeks ago with the Doran #77 Daytona Prototype. With the exception of a couple of tough breaks, we came away with a pretty good weekend. Other than it feeling like home, one of the things I like about this track is you’re never really out of it. If you can stay on the lead lap, keep your car under you and stay in the mix, you’ll have a shot at running for the checkers in the last segment.”
Cosmo will be joined again by co-driver VJ Mirzayan.
“VJ does a great job,” said Guy of his teammate. “He keeps the car in the hunt and brings it back like it just rolled off the trailer. You can’t ask for much more than that. We both agree on our strategy and we share a confidence in our crew and the fact that we can make this happen. Together, we know the podium is always within our reach.”
Cosmo's extensive background with open-wheel formula cars and sports prototypes has earned him a reputation as one of the most successful and versatile young racing drivers in North America. The 2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year ranks among the top-level road racers in the world. He has earned overall racing titles and major success in many disciplines including karting, Formula Ford, Formula 2000, Star Mazda, Toyota Atlantic, Grand American and American Le Mans. You can learn more about Guy Cosmo at www.guycosmo.com.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which operates and sanctions the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve and the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The 15-race 2007 Rolex Series schedule and the 12-race KONI Challenge Series calendar will deliver professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America. All 2007 Rolex Series events will be televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA and presenting sponsorship from Crown Royal Special Reserve, the Rolex Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand-Am at www.grand-am.com.