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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

PC
1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

GTLM
1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

GTD
1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

PC
1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

GTLM
1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

GTD
1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Cosmo's First Gear Project

by Brian Carroccio
Monday, August 4, 2014

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Guy Cosmo
I had the pleasure recently of spending a few minutes speaking with Guy Cosmo. You probably know, the 37-year old sports car racing veteran made news last week, when Marshall Pruett of RACER.com reported Cosmo was pursuing a potential return to open wheel racing. Cosmo, of course, is a product of the American open wheel racing ladder system, having captured the 2002 Star Mazda Championship.

After a decorated career in the junior open wheel formula, Cosmo transitioned to sports car racing, winning the 2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year Award. Cosmo has since enjoyed success in various prototype and GT categories.

Also, Cosmo has established himself as one of the nation’s top racing coaches, working with drivers of various levels, and conducting both group and private instruction. You can visit Cosmo’s website to read more about his coaching.

However, the subject of our conversation was Cosmo’s latest off-track endeavor, First Gear Project, a crowd-funded platform that supports innovative initiatives within the racing and automotive industry.

Now, on the surface, it might appear that FGP is another user-supported grassroots projects, looking to generate the much-needed revenue to support the aspiring careers of racing hopefuls. And while there is an element of that to FGP, we will see Cosmo has much more in mind.

"We are not a website where racers can just beg for money," says Cosmo.  "We want to build bridges; educate people how to engage supporters; encourage passion and creativity for anyone who has a new, better idea."

In short, "rather than just helping people collect check, we are just the medium for people to raise funds on their own." Cosmo wants to utilize his experience within racing to educate people with innovative ideas, and provide them with the tools to "bring those ideas to life."

As for what ideas Cosmo is specifically referring to, well, it could be many things. What about a young driver looking to raise the money to go racing? Sure. Maybe, someone has an idea for a racing book or movie. Whatever the case, FGP was designed to assist people in engaging the support necessary to make "dreams come true."

Currently, there is a very intriguing project on the site looking to fund a prototype sports car designed by Lee Adams, an aerospace engineer from San Diego. The Melleen MSR-1 Sports Car project will create a lightweight carbon fiber/chromoly track car designed to fit DSR safety standards, despite only weighing a mere 700 lbs.

And the innovative Melleen MSR-1 is just one example. Cosmo notes that there are currently numerous initiatives in the queue, which simply need some of the finishing touches necessary to be presented to the public.

Speaking of the public, Cosmo wants FGP to create the platform in which potential supporters, fall in love with the innovative products, and the stories that ultimately.  And depending on the specific product, and level of funding, supporters will have options of being the first to pre-order a product, or lending their name in support of an initiative.

Cosmo credits FGP coming to life with the tireless efforts of some supporters, who have chosen to remain anonymous and his wife, Louisa, who serves as the President of First Gear Project. While Cosmo describes himself as the "face" of the project, he notes that it has been Louisa’s behind-the-scenes efforts with the details and formalities that have brought the project to life in the last year.

When I asked Cosmo about marketing for the project he noted that as a start-up essentially, there was not a huge marketing budget. Therefore, they are utilizing his name within the racing industry, and social media as the primary vehicles currently to get the word out.

Of course, in recent years much has been made in this space and others about the difficulties facing the racing and automotive industries going forward. AutoRacing1 applauds Cosmo’s innovative thinking, and efforts in bringing a project to life, which looks to enhance a sport and industry we all love. We wish him, Louisa, and everyone at First Gear Project, nothing but the best. 

Brian Carroccio is a columnist for AutoRacing1. He can be contacted at BrianC@AutoRacing1.com

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