Autosport Development Portland Pre-Race Report Hayner and MacDonald Take Advantage of Promoter's Test Day Portland, Ore. July 28 The Autosport Development team returns to the West Coast this weekend for Round 8 of the SCCA Pro SPEED World ...
Autosport Development Portland Pre-Race Report
Hayner and MacDonald Take Advantage of Promoter's Test Day
Portland, Ore. July 28 The Autosport Development team returns to the West Coast this weekend for Round 8 of the SCCA Pro SPEED World Challenge GT race at Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon. Hoping for cooler temperatures than the 100+ degrees experienced last year, the team likes their chances.
After today's practice sessions, both Hayner and the team were very confident.
"Last year we had our best finish of the season at this track," remarked Crew Chief, Rob Wanamaker, referring to their 11th place finish in 2004. "Granted, our 2005 cars are brand new and something of a different beast, but we like our chances on this track."
Stu Hayner agreed. "We have a lot of confidence in the new cars now," said Stu. "While last year's set-up sheets aren't applicable, we do know what we weren't able to do and what we can do now to affect the handling. Trust me, the #5 GMAC Commercial Finance / Trenton Forging GTO is very capable of running up front and mixing it up. We're not going to be bashful. This is a momentum track and I think it suits my style. We're setting up to go to the front."
Joining Stu this weekend and driving the #7 Autosport Development GTO is Steve MacDonald of Woodinville, Washington.
"I'm looking forward to working with Stu and the entire Autosport Development team," said MacDonald. "They run a great program and the car is really well prepared. This is something I've looked forward to doing and I think Stu and the team are a great fit for me. These guys have made me feel right at home. Hopefully, it will be a good weekend for us all."
Jim Osborn and Chili Pepper Racing for Remote Area Medical are slated to return to the #7 GTO for round 9 in Denver, August 12-14.
The Portland Grand Prix is being held in conjunction with the American Le Mans Series race that will run Saturday, July 30 live on SPEED Channel at 8pm EDT. The SPEED World Challenge GT race will run on Sunday, July 31 at 2:25pm PDT and will air Sunday August 7th at 3pm EDT on SPEED. The Touring Car race will run on Saturday at 1:00pm PDT and air the following day on SPEED at 3pm EDT.
Autosport Development competes as part of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series. All events are nationally televised on SPEED channel (formerly Speedvision). In 2005 the SPEED World Challenge Series schedule will include street races in Denver and St. Petersburg, and make the traditional stops around the country at great tracks like Sebring, Road Atlanta, Lime Rock Park, Infineon, Mosport, Cleveland, Portland, Road America, Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca.
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.