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Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 - 1:24pm

Portland - Guy Cosmo and teammate Jamie Bach brought their Mazda-powered Courage home in second position in the LMP2 class this weekend at Portland International Raceway during the American Le Mans Series' Portland Grand Prix. The podium finish is the second consecutive rostrum appearance for the American driving duo and has moved Cosmo and Bach back up in the championship standings as they are now tied for second in the overall championship.

The race didn't go quite as planned, as the car developed an overheating problem early on, forcing Cosmo to play it cool and back off the pace in order to insure a points finish without damaging the three-rotor Mazda powerplant.

"Given the situation, we adopted a strategy to try and eliminate one of our pit stops, so we were saving fuel every chance we had – coasting up to the braking zones, limiting periods of full throttle, and just doing everything possible to keep the engine temps down and our fuel mileage up," said Cosmo. "As a race car driver, it was a bit frustrating, but it was what we had to do, and it worked because we managed to keep the car running, get to the finish, and take home some valuable championship points."

Cosmo is now tied for second position in the LMP2 overall championship points with four rounds remaining in the 2005 American Le Mans Series season.

Getting to the finish and scoring points on a track that Cosmo had never raced on before wasn't the only reason he was happy after the event, as he learned that the ACO and IMSA have made a slight rules modification that should see the Mazda/Courage combination even more competitive in the future.

"The car was better than it had been at Infineon, and now that the ACO and IMSA have given us a larger air restrictor for our Mazda three-rotor, we should be even better at Road America," said Cosmo. "This program keeps improving, and while some days we have to learn while we are racing, as we did here at Portland, I know we are just going to keep getting better."

The seventh round of the American Le Mans Series is the Generac 500 at Road America, set for 3 p.m. EDT Aug. 21 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel. Qualifying is scheduled for 2:55 p.m. EDT Aug. 20.

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