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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