When the green flag dropped on the American Le Mans Series presented by Patrón Baltimore Sports Car Challenge, the field was immediately thrown into a full course yellow due to a front running P1 car making contact with the turn one wall and blocking the track. As drivers attempted to unravel themselves from the traffic jam race positions were quickly thrown into a disarray. Ed Brown, driving the No. 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports Patrón Ferrari, though unaffected by the incident, spent the majority of his stint under the caution.
"I feel bad that Ed only drove a single lap under green," said Cosmo. "I got in 15 minutes into the race. With a two hour race, it was what we needed to do for the strategy."
The street race was as predicted - a street fight. Never really establishing a race-tempo, gaining any sort of track position required a wheel-to-wheel battle. Contact with another GT competitor did damage to the right side of the car and caused a flat tire. Cosmo was forced to pit after the incident. The stop took the team from 7th place to an 11th place finish.
"We were on the lead lap at the end and working our way towards a good finish," said Cosmo. "Unfortunately we were hit by another GT competitor and our day was affected? that?s how it is on street courses, which are always tight."
Taking the day in stride, Cosmo was extremely pleased with his teams effort. Noting improvements and gains made throughout the weekend, Guy congratulated the team.
"The ESM Patrón Ferrari engineering team on the No. 02 car was improved since arriving Friday," acknowledged Cosmo. "The guys did a bunch of work to get us where we needed to be for the race. They made good changes and the Ferrari was certainly better that it had been yesterday and this morning. We were quick."
The next round of the ALMS championship is the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón VIR 240 from Virginia International Raceway. The four-hour race is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 15. ESPN2's broadcast begins at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 16. Full, live coverage starts at 2:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
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