Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne are set to make their delayed debut at the wheel of RENNtech’s Mercedes-AMG GT4 this weekend, following a freak highway accident that forced the duo to find an alternative seat with another team for Watkins Glen.
The driver pairing took part in last month’s Pirelli GT4 America SprintX weekend in a nolasport Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR after RENNtech’s transporter was run off the road en route to New York.
While the accident “completely destroyed” the team’s motorhome trailer, and with truck driver Stephen Franz escaping injury despite a tree limb puncturing the cabin, the Stuart. Fla.-based operation is ready to go.
Cosmo and Byrne had a disappointing weekend at Watkins Glen, with Byrne knocked out in a high-speed accident in Race 2.
“What happened with the Watkins Glen weekend was truly unfortunate,” Cosmo said. “However, we are excited to be getting back to our original plans with RENNtech and go racing with the No. 89 Torxen Mercedes-AMG at Road America.
“I have said this before, but Patrick and I want to make sure that when we race, we’re racing with people, partners, manufacturers, and a series that share the vested interest we have put forth.
“RENNtech Motorsports is 100 percent committed to doing the right thing, getting the best results, and so are we.”
Byrne added: “I am excited to finally get behind the wheel of the RENNtech Motorsports AMG GT4. I know it will be very fast and I look forward to racing at Road America.”
Team owner Hartmut Feyhl said the team is “100 percent focused” on preparing for a solid outing this weekend as well as next month’s season-finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“We have been hard at work since returning to Florida,” said team manager Sascha Kempter. “The car is running great, and we are ready to bring it to the limits at Road America.
“Everyone on the team and at RENNtech is really excited to see Guy and Patrick behind the wheel and the car back on track.”