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B-K Motorsports': Road Atlanta Petit Le Mans pre-race notes
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 3:09pm

Source: MotorSport.Com

B-K Motorsports' Mazda-powered Courage finished second in its debut race at Road Atlanta, site of next weekend's Petit Le Mans.

Braselton, Ga. - Road Atlanta always will hold a special place in the hearts of those at B-K Motorsports. That was where its Mazda-powered Courage C65 debuted in the spring, marking the team's entrance into the ALMS and the Japanese engine maker's return to prototype sports car racing.

Both are back at the Braselton, Ga., track for Petit Le Mans, the ninth round of the American Le Mans Series. In April, Jamie Bach and Guy Cosmo drove the No. 8 entry to a second-place finish in class. But Petit Le Mans is the event most have been targeting as one of the races to better suit the reliable Mazda three-rotor engine.

"This is where the car made it's first appearance, which was such an emotional outing," Cosmo said. "The fact that the car and engine are as reliable as they are is a great thing for us. We want to see what kind of progress we've made."

Since Atlanta, the team has had its highs (a win at Mid-Ohio in May) and disappointments (a DNF at Road America, the team's home track). At Mosport, the car finished third, but well back of the winning Intersport Lola and runner-up Miracle Motorsports.

In the weeks since Mosport, the car has been at the shop of Dennis Spencer, the renowned engine builder, based near Road Atlanta. Cosmo said Spencer not only has been working on the engine but other aspects of the setup, as well.

"Dennis has gone out of his way to help the team in whatever way possible," Cosmo said. "Any development we're doing right now is coming out of his shop. He's doing everything we could possibly ask of him."

For Petit Le Mans, Cosmo and Bach will team with veteran Elliott Forbes-Robinson, who made quite a name for himself as a Mazda factory driver.

Petit Le Mans is the ninth round of the American Le Mans Series. The annual 1,000-mile/10-hour race is scheduled for 11:20 a.m. EDT Oct. 1 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. SPEED Channel will provide live television coverage. Qualifying is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 30.

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