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Sebring: Autosport race notes

The Day Ends Early for the Autosport Development GTO. Part failure shortens race but the team heads home very optimistic. Sebring, Fla -- March 21, 2004 In its fist ever outing, the ...

The Day Ends Early for the Autosport Development GTO.
Part failure shortens race but the team heads home very optimistic.

Sebring, Fla -- March 21, 2004 In its fist ever outing, the #5 GMAC Commercial Finance / Trenton Forging GTO ended its day early in the World Challenge GT race at Sebring. After minor contact, an already suspect part simply let go.

"We have had concerns about the GTO's street suspension and rear drive components since taking delivery on the car(s)," stated Crew Chief, Rob Wanamaker. "Well, we just had our suspicions confirmed. A rear half shaft let go about 16 laps into the race, so we'll just add that to our list of things to reinforce."

"We came down here to shake the car out thinking an actual race would give us much better feedback than an independent test session." Added Wanamaker. "We were right--. this week proved to be the perfect environment to really see what the car is going to need to be completive. With the next race two and a half months off, we'll have more time to change the car than we had to build the car. And, I'm sure we'll do some testing between now and Lime Rock too."

"I'm pleased," added Stu Hayner. "We've put together an excellent group of guys and a terrific program. We came here hoping the race would provide a faster shakedown than we'd get by going out testing. It did. We've learned so much more than we could have testing in a vacuum. We're going to go back and do some things that will get us the straightaway speed we need and we'll improve the handling. Then we'll go through all the components for durability. We really want to make the car(s) reliable. But, all-in-all, shy of breaking prior to the checkers, it was a successful weekend for us."

-jt-

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