Scott Sharp is moving his Extreme Speed Motorsports Tequila Patron team up to P2 Honda Performance Development from GT Class with Ferrari F458 Italia for 2013 with co-drivers Guy Cosmo, Johannes van overbeek and Ed Brown. Image Credit: ESM
Seven Questions With ALMS Extreme Speed Motorsports P2's Guy Cosmo
Guy Cosmo, co-driver of the Tequila Patrón-sponsored Extreme Speed
Motorsports (ESM) P2 racing machine, took to the track for the first
time during a private test at Sebring International Raceway last week.
Cosmo eagerly approaches the season already a P2 race winner with a 2005
victory in a Mazda-powered prototype. Cosmo talks about the pre-season
test session, the difference in racing P2 and his goals for the season.
In mid-February, ESM announced it would compete in American Le Mans
Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patrón P2 class in 2013. ESM will
campaign two purpose-built Honda Performance Development ARX-03b
prototypes beginning with the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
Fueled by Fresh from Florida March 13-16, 2013.
Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b P2 prototype. Image Credit: ESM
LAST WEEK’S ESM P2 TEST SESSION AT SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WAS YOUR FIRST TIME ON TRACK THIS SEASON. HOW DID IT GO?
“It went really well. I was so happy to get back behind the wheel
and do what I do best. It’s been really strange to have not driven for a
couple of months, so now I’m feeling back to normal.”
AS A DRIVER THAT HAS BEEN IN ALL TYPES OF RACE CARS, HOW EASY IS IT TO TRANSITION INTO THE P2 CAR?
“Hopping back into a P2 car is just great. They are incredible
machines. The transition to the P2 from the ALMS GT car is actually
quite a bit easier than expected, which I believe is a testament to just
how extraordinary the ALMS-GT-spec cars are. On the other hand,
however, the P2 car definitely has a different set of capabilities and
strengths, so adapting to them and learning how to capitalize on them is
always a fun challenge. I love it.”
AS THE FINAL ALMS SEASON BEFORE THE NORTH AMERICAN SPORTS CAR MERGER,
WHAT GOALS/EXPECTATIONS HAVE YOU SET FOR YOURSELF AND FOR THE TEAM?
“My goals for this final season of the ALMS as we know it, is to put
myself in the record books somehow. Pole positions, class track records
and fastest race laps - along with some race wins and possibly a
championship. You know, I’d like to just be in front of everyone all
the time and win everything too!”
IS AN OVERALL WIN POSSIBLE FOR ESM NOW THAT THE TEAM IS IN THE P2 CLASS?
“It is a possibility. But the P1 cars are definitely a good amount
faster than the P2s still, unlike a few years ago. It would likely take
for the P1s to have some setbacks during the race for us to have a shot
at it, but you keep pressing. No matter what, we’ll do our best to put
ESM near the top as we can.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT DRIVING THE P2 CAR SO FAR?
“Being able to pass all my previous GT competitors real easily, which was formerly a very difficult task.”
MOVING FROM GT TO P2 IS A BIG JUMP IN CAR CLASSES AND PLACEMENT ON THE TRACK. IS THERE AN ADJUSTMENT IN DRIVING STYLE?
“There will be an adjustment for sure. In GT, you’re really in the
lower part of the performance chart. You’re faster than the GTCs, but
have PC, P2 and P1 all faster than you and passing, while you’re racing
your own fierce battle. In GT, you’re nearly looking in your mirrors
more than you’re looking in front of you. In P2, we’ll have the luxury
of being one of the fastest cars on track, but working your way through
all the slower traffic will be very tricky for sure. You’ll have to be
aggressive but very careful.”
IN ADDITION TO TESTING THE NEW P2 CAR LAST WEEK, ESM TESTED SOME OTHER
RACE CARS INCLUDING THE GRAND-AM, FERRARI CHALLENGE CARS. HOW DID THAT
“The testing went well for both teams. ESM remains committed to
running the GRAND-AM GT Ferrari and the Ferrari Challenge team in
addition to the full-time ALMS P2 program, so the shop and crew stay
extremely busy. Improvements were definitely made in both cars and
we're ready to race in all series!”
The American Le Mans Series gets 2013 underway with the first race of
the season starting in about 17 days with the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours
of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida.
For ESM, moving into the purpose-built Honda Performance Development
ARX-03b prototypes, Extreme Speed Motorsports and Tequila Patrón will
run for the P2 championship after posting a team best performance last
year. Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek in the No. 01 Ferrari F458
Italia finished second in the GT championship for 2012, which included
victories at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Petit Le Mans.
The ESM driver lineup remains the same with Scott Sharp and Johannes van
Overbeek co-driving the No. 01 Tequila Patrón racing machine, and Ed
Brown and Guy Cosmo in the sister No. 02 Tequila Patrón prototype.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Green flags were set flying along Shoreline Drive signaling the start of construction for the 39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which will run April 19-21, 2013 (L to R - Jim Michaelian, Bob Foster, Jim Liaw, Stephan Papadakis). Image Credit: TGPLB
K-Rail Blocks And The Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Are A Match Made In Motor Culture Heaven
On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, the 39th Toyota Grand Prix got underway in earnest. The process is the same every year and it would never happen without K-Rails. The temporary track through the streets of Long Beach, California got started with a ceremony before noon near Turn 10. It's the time of year where the demand for 'K-Rails' begins to increase as the temporary street circuit for the first race of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season in St. Petersburg, Florida began just last week.
Sebastien Bourdais (third from left) has a tangible countdown to the IZOD IndyCar Series season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg every time he rides his bike on portions of the 1.8-mile, 14-turn circuit. Construction of the temporary street circuit for the ninth annual event March 22-24 began Feb. 15, 2013. Image Credit: IndyCar.com
The honorary construction foremen for the ceremony were Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Papadakis Racing owner Stephan Papadakis, Formula DRIFT President & Co-Founder Jim Liaw and Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President & CEO Jim Michaelian. Also on-hand were the Papadakis Racing Scion tC, which will be driven in 2013 by top Drifting driver Frederic Aasbo, and, courtesy of Toyota Motorsports, an all-new, race-prepared Scion FR-S that will be driven in the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.
“Our race circuit will feature something extra this year as we will be hosting the first-ever night racing in the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge on Friday and Saturday,” said Michaelian. “Along with the six other racing events here in April, this should make for one of the most entertaining weekends in our history.”
The setting of the first of more than 14 million pounds of concrete K-Rail blocks that line the 1.97 mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit track marks the beginning of two months of work preparing for the 175,000 fans expected during race weekend. Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (2012)
“It’s three days of great parties and great racing,” said Foster. “The Grand Prix brings a lot of people to Long Beach. Our hotels get filled up, our restaurants get filled up and people understand that Long Beach is a really a great city, a great place to have a good time.”
More than 30,000 working hours will be spent installing the K-Rail blocks, three miles of fencing and 16,000 bolted-together tires, along with 16 huge spectator grandstands, seven pedestrian bridges and giant-vision boards for full-circuit TV coverage.
The heavy-duty concrete blocks and fencing, however, are merely a start.
“Leading up to race weekend, our staff will also install hospitality suites, tents, electrical equipment, phones, porta-johns, trash containers and a hundred other little things up until race weekend,” said Dwight Tanaka, director of operations for the Grand Prix Association. “Then, when the last checkered flag falls on Sunday night, we start to take everything down, inspect it and get ready for next year.”
All businesses along the race circuit, which includes Shoreline Drive, Aquarium Way and Pine Ave., will remain open during construction of the racetrack.
Race fans will certainly get an eyeful as the Stadium SUPER Trucks go to battle, powered by 600-horsepower engines, going door-to-door on the 11-turn, 1.97-mile street course circuit for this special one-of-a-kind event. The Grand Prix exhibition will serve as the build-up to the Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD Stadium SUPER Trucks event scheduled the following weekend (April 26-27) at the famed L.A. Memorial Coliseum. The series then moves to San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium on May 4 and May 18 for two thrilling venues to round out the commemorative California portion of the inaugural 2013 season. Image Credit: TGPLB
The 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will feature racing from the IZOD IndyCar Series, Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series, Firestone Indy Lights, Pirelli World Challenge, Formula DRIFT, Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD Stadium SUPER Trucks and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.
Fans can select and pay for their seats, parking and paddock passes online at gplb.com. Tickets can also be ordered by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 82-SPEED, and callers can request a printed ticket brochure that includes a circuit map, ticket prices, order form and other information. Also featured on gplb.com is the latest Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach news, downloadable ticket brochure and racetrack information, photos and ongoing announcements of special race week activities.
Ticket prices range from $28 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $130 for a three-day ticket that includes Sat./Sun. reserved seating in grandstand upper levels. Pre-paid parking packages are also available, along with handicapped seating, IndyCar Paddock passes, Super Photo tickets and a wide variety of Hospitality Club packages.
Fans can also follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB and on Twitter @ToyotaGPLB.
The track takes shape on the streets of downtown Long Beach surrounding the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and encompassing the Aquarium of the Pacific and a portion of the Pike at Rainbow Harbor complex. The start/finish line is on Shoreline Drive.
For the Southern California automobile race enthusiast, motor culture heaven begins Friday through Sunday, April 19-21, 2013 with the 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on 1.97 miles of pavement defined between the lines of K-Rail blocks of concrete.
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