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Mosport: Autosport Development news 2004-08-07

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GMAC/Trenton Forging #5 GTO Will Not Start Round 7
Transmission fails in qualifying

Bowmanville, Ont. -- August 7, 2004 The #5 GMAC / Trenton Forgin GTO will not make the grid for the second World Challenge GT race at Mosport. Mosport was scheduled as a double header for the GT class in the SPEED World Challenge Series. The second race will start Sunday at 4:05pm EST.

Substituting for Stu Hayner, Jim Osborn qualified the #5 GMAC Commercial Finance/Trenton Forging GTO 18th.

"The car was handling well I was really starting to get comfortable in it," said Osborn. "We were happy with our time but stayed out just to get more track time. All of sudden I started hearing noises and the engine going into free revs. I got it off the track and did a couple of spins with no damage to the car. Unfortunately, it appears the ring gear went back into the transmission and ripped everything out. I ended up holding the shifter lever in my hand."

"I'm really disappointed," Osborn continued. "The GTO is a great car and I was really looking forward to running with the Autosport Development crew."

Hayner left Mosport for Mid-Ohio immediately following the race. There he'll compete in the Grand Am Rolex Cup race. Jim Osborn, was scheduled to step into the #5 GMAC Commercial Finance/Trenton Forging GTO for the second GT race on Sunday. A regular in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series driving the Children's Hospital #24 BMW, Jim first began road-racing automobiles in 1996 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the BMWCCA Club Racing Program. In his last 15 starts, Jim finished in the top three 14 times with eleven 1st places. His racing career has included dirt track and asphalt Karting, Solo II, and amateur club racing with NASA, POC, and BMWCCA. In 2002, Jim ran 10 races in SPEED Touring Car in a BMW 325Ci, with a best finish of 13th at Washington, D.C. Osborn's best finish in 2003 was 11th at Sebring.

The Mosport races will air on SPEED, Sunday August 15, at 1pm and 3pm respectively. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

GMAC Commercial Finance, considered a leader in its segment of the financial services market, provides accounts receivable management and financing, asset-based lending, equipment finance/leasing, retail financing, structured financing, and supply chain management services to a wide variety of clients in diverse industries. Loan facilities are in the $2 million to $200 million range. With locations in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, the Company is positioned to provide lending services worldwide.

Trenton Forging Company from Trenton Michigan is a leading producer of custom impression die forgings to a wide variety of industries. They have a strong reputation as a supplier of choice to many Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive/light truck suppliers. Trenton produces multiple cavity die forgings to meet customers exacting specifications and offers a wide range of high quality custom forging products with exceptional customer service.

In association with Trenton Forging, Autosport Development competes as part of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series. All events are nationally televised on SPEED channel (formerly Speedvision). In 2004 the SCCA SPEED World Challenge series will visit Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Infineon Raceway, Portland International Raceway, Mosport International Raceway, Road America, Road Atlanta Motorsports Center and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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Drivers Jim Osborn , Stu Hayner