Cleveland: Osborn, Autosport Development preview

Jim Osborn ready to "suit-up" for Cleveland Grand Prix debuting the Autosport Development ...

Jim Osborn ready to "suit-up" for Cleveland Grand Prix debuting the Autosport Development #7 SPEED World Challenge GTO

Detroit -- June 20, 2005 Jim Osborn, driver of the #24 Chili Pepper Racing BMW Touring Car, will jump into the GT class to debut the new #7 GTO from Autosport Development. Osborn and teammate, Stu Hayner, will participate in the SPEED World Challenge events at the Champ Car Cleveland Grand Prix taking place at the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, June 24 -- 26. The race will air Sunday, June 26 on SPEED.

Osborn has been enjoying one of his best seasons in the Touring Car division with a 9th place finish at St. Petersburg and a 12th place finish last month at Mid-Ohio. Osborn ran as high as sixth mid-race.

Osborn's #7 GTO will carry a similar livery to its sister car, the #5 GMAC/Trenton Forging GTO. The red trim will change to a candied metallic red. The car will carry Chili Pepper Racing charities and sponsor, Remote Area Medical, T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital, and Trenton Forging.

"I'm really looking forward to this," commented Osborn. "The Autosport Development guys have done a beautiful job on this car. Their help and the integration with the Chili Pepper Racing team has been great. I'm extremely confident in the car-- it's an incredible piece of equipment."

"It's going to mean a lot having Stu (Hayner) to share ideas and feedback with," Osborn continued. "We speak the same language and Stu's a great teacher. I know we'll be fast, but I want to take advantage of Stu's ability to take care of the car. With all the power in these GT cars, it's important to manage your equipment."

Chris Trapp (car builder) shared Osborn's excitement.

"We're really looking forward to strapping Jim in the car," said Trapp. "As pleased as we are with the #5 car, we've really put some nice features into the build of the #7. There has been a lot of focus on ease of maintenance and simplifying our ability to work on the car. I wouldn't say this is a third generation Autosport GTO--. but you could certainly say it's generation 2.5!"

"Rob Wannamaker (team manager) really did a nice job engineering these cars," Trapp continued. "We're expecting a good run out of the #5 car in Cleveland and we're extremely confident that the Chili Pepper Racing guys will have the #7 car in the hunt too."

The Cleveland Grand Prix schedule calls for the SPEED Touring Car race to run on Saturday at 5:45pm and the GT race to run Sunday at 4pm. The Touring Car race will air Sunday at 4pm and the GT race will run one-hour tape delayed at 5pm, on SPEED.

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 and temporary circuits in Cleveland, Denver and St. Petersburg, and make the traditional stops around the country at great tracks like Sebring, Road Atlanta, Lime Rock Park, Infineon, Mosport, Portland, Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca.

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Series PWC
Drivers Jim Osborn , Stu Hayner