Mid-Ohio: Autosport Development preview

Hayner ready to pick up where he left off at Atlanta Detroit - May 17, 2005 The ...

Hayner ready to pick up where he left off at Atlanta

Detroit - May 17, 2005 The #5 GMAC Commercial Finance / Trenton Forging GTO, driven by Stu Hayner, heads to Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course in Lexington, Ohio for the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT race presented by Trenton Forging Quality Formed Solutions. The series is running as part of the American Le Mans event May 20-22. The World Challenge events will run Saturday and Sunday and air on SPEED Channel Saturday, May 28 at 3pm and 4pm.

"The SPEED World Challenge Weekend presented by Trenton Forging Quality Formed Solutions is an exciting event for us," commented Autosport Development and Trenton Forging owner, David Moxlow. "Our customer base is very strong here in the Midwest. We have 300 or more guests joining the team along with our friends from Motorsports Ministries and Sports Car Revolution for the weekend festivities. We intend to make them all big fans of the SPEED World Challenge Series and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course!"

"We're really hoping to do well this weekend," commented driver, Stu Hayner. "This is a big weekend for our sponsor, Trenton Forging. We've got a lot going on. Not only is Trenton Forging the title sponsor for the weekend, but, as David said, we are entertaining a lot of folks from GMAC Commercial Finance, Trenton Forging and PR Machine. We intend to show them a great time."

"We made a lot of progress with our run at Road Atlanta last month," continued Hayner. "It was good to get a full race under our belt and be able to shift our focus to the car set-ups and performance. We think we've made some gains since then-- especially in the handling department. The guys have made some changes to the car that will give us a lot more adjustability in the spring rate and help to better balance the car. Those changes will ultimately allow us to get more aggressive with the car. We feel our speed is good. We just need to be able to get in and out of the corners with more predictability. It's really starting to come along."

"The team did some testing with Jim Osborn in the car last week," Hayner went on. "They came back very encouraged with the changes and Jim was excited to get some seat time in the car."

Osborn will pilot the #7 GTO slated to debut next month at the Cleveland Grand Prix. Osborn's Chili Pepper Racing team is one of the more popular teams in the World Challenge Touring Car division and widely recognized for their charity work in the medical field. Osborn currently drives the #24 Remote Area Medical / Children's Hospital / Trenton Forging BMW.

In other activities, Hayner and Osborn are taking time out to pay a visit to patients being treated at the Columbus Children's Hospital.

"It's great to get to do this," commented Osborn. "It's nice to meet the patients and their families. You realize that it's pretty much impossible for many of them to attend a race. So it's always a pleasure signing autographs and talking about our cars and racing."

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.

PR Machine Works offers the latest in manufacturing technology combined with a team of professionals and craftsmen committed to delivering total quality, unbeatable customer service, and outstanding value every time. With forty years of knowledge and experience, the company's world-class facility in Mansfield, Ohio, is the future of precision contract manufacturing.

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Series PWC
Drivers Jim Osborn , Stu Hayner