Drive It Like You Stole It

Photos by John Thawley
[GALLERY HERE] Last month I took a ride out to Palm Beach International Raceway to check out one of Guy Cosmo’s Trackday Elite events. These are exclusive trackday driving events hosted by Cosmo-Sport and professional race driver Guy Cosmo.

Trackday Elite provides a unique opportunity for guys who own sports, exotic or supercars to get out and stretch their own cars on a race track. Yep… you heard it right. These guys jump in their own car (with a pro driver) and let it all hang out in a safe, enclosed environment. It’s a great way for sports car owners to explore the true performance capabilities and speed of their machine… safely.

On this particular evening, Cosmo hosted a group of enthusiasts from Go Fast Motorcars. Go Fast Motorcars is a rapidly-growing exotic car and social club in Palm Beach County, Florida. The club is open to all exotic, high-line, classic, and unique cars. The members get together for monthly meets at different locations around Flordia and tonight it was Palm Beach International Raceway. These are hard core enthusiasts, to say the least. While this particular event was a little more social than Cosmo’s typical Trackday Elite… make no mistake about it, it was a blast. Great cars, great people and a fantastic opportunity for the Go Fast Motorcars’ members to learn about proper and safe performance driving.

While the Go Fast Motorcars folks enjoyed gathering, the hospitality and some controlled laps, Cosmo’s top-level professional race drivers and instructors were trackside giving personalized driving instruction and teaching proper high-performance driving techniques. This was a just a small taste of the Trackday Elite driving experience.

Hosted once per month, Trackday Elite events are limited in attendance so as to provide an intimate setting and quality track time. The focus is specifically on you and your development as a driver. And all of Cosmo’s instructors are experienced and accomplished Grand-Am and American Le Mans Series pro drivers. Cosmo himself was the 2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year. The pro drivers are there riding with you and providing personalized, one-on-one, in-car instruction. All the while, you are behind the wheel of your own car and on a world class race track. Amazing!

These are not just club-style trackdays, either. Cosmo’s Trackday Elite events are an all inclusive experience. They start the day with a continental breakfast and provide a catered lunch and beverages throughout the day. Heck, they’ve even got a state-of-the-art driving simulator on site.

And if you’re concerned your car might not be track-ready, Cosmo’s staff of experienced technicians are there to assist with the inspection and preparation of your car.

Currently, Trackday Elite events are available exclusively in South Florida. As well as the all new Palm Beach International Raceway, they are tentatively scheduled to visit Homestead-Miami Speedway and Sebring International Raceway. Seriously folks, give me a break… these are historic and impressive tracks. You can be sure they’ll demand the ultimate in performance from your and your car.

If you’ve got the car and the desire, take a look at the Trackday Elite schedule. Imagine, no speeding tickets, learn from the best and drive as little or as much as you want. There are only a limited number of spots open for each event. And, oh… you will need a helmet.

Here’s a gallery of some of the fun we had at Palm Beach International Raceway… and you can check out more on Guy Cosmo’s Trackday Elite events at the Cosmo-Sport web site.

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