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St. Pete: Autosport Development qualifying report

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Autosport Development GMAC / Trenton Forging #5 GTO Qualifying Report
Hayner, to start St. Petersburg GT race from 18th position

St. Petersburg, Fla. -- April 1 2005 Autosport Development driver, Stu Hayner [GMAC Commercial Finace / Trenton Forging #5 GTO], will start Sunday's SPEED World Challenge GT race in 18th position. The Autosport Development team is in St. Petersburg for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, April 1st-3rd where the SPEED World Challenge Series will appear with the Indy Racing League's debut road race. The track is a 1.8 mile street course. The World Challenge races will air on SPEED Channel Sunday April 10th with the Touring Cars at 1pm and the GT cars at 2pm.

"We'll have to pick up the pace from 18th," said Hayner. "We started the weekend with an under steer condition and may have over corrected. The car now has a tendency to over steer exiting the corner. It's a trick to find that balance-- especially with this being a brand new race car. A street course lined with cement walls makes you think twice about seeking out the cars limits."

"I have the utmost confidence in our guys," said Hayner. "Everyone is on the same page and is taking a methodical approach to sorting the car out. We have a much broader range of set-up options than we've had in the past, so it's just a matter of being patient and finding out how the car responds to different changes."

Team owner, David Moxlow, concurred. "We're sorting this car out under race conditions and, as Stu mentioned, doing it on a street course requires that we stay conservative in our test set ups. We rely on Stu's feedback and let him take the lead on how far to go with things. It's his call. We'll put a good car under him and let him make the decision on how hard to push. I'm expecting we'll have a good race."

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.

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