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Autosport Development #5 GMAC Commercial Finance/Trenton Forging
GTO Ready For Lime Rock Park

Detroit - May 27 2004: Following the long break after the season opener at Sebring, Autosport Development is ready to put the #5 GMAC Commercial Finance/Trenton Forging Pontiac GTO through its paces as the SPEED World Challenge GT Series descends on Lime Rock Park this Memorial Day weekend for round two.

"The crew has been hard at work since Sebring," said driver, Stu Hayner. "After Sebring we came away with a lot of knowledge and had a pretty good list of things we wanted to get done. We put the car on a diet and beefed up the drive train and suspension. We knew the car had weak spots and focused on making it bullet proof."

"Earlier in the week we were able to get some testing in," Hayner continued. "While it's hard to gauge what the performance is like running by yourself, I can speak volumes for the car's handling and power. It felt great. The car corners nice a flat and really sticks-- and the power of the corner felt has strong if not stronger than a Trans-Am car. Like I said, without someone next to you it's hard to know exactly what kind of power you have. But knowing what I know about getting around Lime Rock, I'm really looking forward to the weekend. From the driver's seat, this is a completely different car than I had in Sebring."

Hayner, a former front-runner in Trans-Am made the switch to SPEED World Challenge GT Series for 2004.

"The SPEED World Challenge Series is without a doubt the best sports car racing in the US." Hayner pointed out. Considering the other road racing options, we felt this is the best series to grow our new program and get the most exposure for our partners."

I'm also very encouraged with the Series' schedule and its recent alignment with the American LeMans Series," Hayner added. "I think they've selected excellent venues in strong motorsports markets. The rules appear structured to provide parity and close racing. They've got good competition and strong participation. That's better for us and better for the fans. This is the place to be."

The SPEED World Challenge GT Series race will run at Lime Rock Park on Monday, May 31 and air on SPEED Sunday, June 6 at 1pm EST.

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 will compete 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.

For more information about Autosport Development and the Stu Hayner #5 GTO, visit
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Series PWC
Drivers Stu Hayner