Wednesday
Jun062007

TEAM NEWS: Guy Cosmo Heads To New York For Six Hours At The Glen

Photo by John Thawley Teams up with Memo Gidley in the #77 Doran Racing Kodak Daytona Prototype

Guy Cosmo will head home to New York this weekend for the Grand American Road Racing Association’s Rolex Series Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International (SPEED, Live, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday). He re-joins co-driver Memo Gidley in the #77 Doran Racing Kodak Daytona Prototype.

Always happy to be racing in New York, Guy reflects on his stellar run in 2006 driving the AMD Spirit of Daytona prototype with NASCAR legend, Bobby Labonte.

“I’ve really been itching to get back to Watkins Glen and finish what I started in the race last fall,” said Cosmo. “Even though at the time the AMD car was a handful, it was just a blast bringing it to the front. I knew it couldn’t last... but I literally drove the wheels of the car. It was the perfect scenario where everything fell into place and I was left with one simple choice, drive as hard as I could and run up front as long as I could. It was like someone handed me a “get out of jail free” card.”

“Hopefully, we’ll find ourselves in similar circumstances this weekend,” continued Guy. “Only this time, I think we have the car to get it done. Kevin [Doran] and the Doran Racing team have a well sorted car and Memo [Gidley] and I both know our way around here pretty well. We’ve got a good car on a great track and six hours to get it done. We’re pretty upbeat.”

The #77 Kodak Daytona Prototype is a DORAN JE4, designed and built by Doran Designs. Unveiled at the beginning of the 2003 Grand Am season, the DORAN JE4 won both the team and the driver championships in Grand American that year.

A DORAN JE4 also became the first Daytona Prototype to win the Rolex 24 overall when Bell Motorsports' DORAN JE4 won that event in 2004 and the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 finished second in the Daytona Prototype class in this prestigious event.

“I’ve said it before,” remarked Cosmo, “the design and layout of the Doran JE4 chassis is the smartest DP chassis out there. It’s easy to understand why this car was so dominant when the Prototype class first came about. Kevin and his group, Doran Designs, have done a great job competing against some of the better-funded teams out there. I guarantee it will sit on the podium again, and I want to help Kevin and Memo put it there.”

During the past few seasons, Cosmo has brought his talent and services to several of the top-tier prototype teams in the Grand American paddock. In 2006 Cosmo joined up with Finlay Motorsports filling in for an injured Memo Gidley in the #19 Playboy Uniden car. He was also instrumental in giving the Spirit of Daytona car it’s best run ever at Watkins Glen. And, of course there was the popular 2nd place finish garnered by Guy, Memo and Michael McDowell at Utah to close out the season.

Guy 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 successes 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.

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