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Mosport: Osborn to drive for Hayner

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GMAC/Trenton Forging #5 GTO Mosport News
Jim Osborn Announced As Driver For Second Race At Mosport

Detroit -- August 2, 2004 Autosport Development announced today that World Challenge Touring Car driver. Jim Osborn, will step into the #5 GMAC Commercial Finance/Trenton Forging GTO for the second GT race at Mosport. Mosport is scheduled as a double header for the GT class in the SPEED World Challenge Series. The substitution will allow Stu Hayner to compete in the Grand Am Cup race scheduled for Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

"Stu Hayner has been running exceptionally well in the Rolex Cup Series," said David Moxlow, owner of Autosport Development. When World Challenge announced the double header, we weren't sure what we were going to do to overcome the schedule conflict. When the opportunity presented itself to put Jim Osborn in the car, it seemed like a perfect fit. Everyone here is excited to see how he does."

"This is a great deal," expressed Osborn. "I've been friends with Stu for sometime now and have really gotten close to the Autosport team. We've been very social this past year and I'm truly grateful that David Moxlow [team owner] and Stu thought enough of me to extend the offer. The GTO is a great car and comes with a great crew. I hope I can help continue their progress."

A regular in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series driving the Children's Hospital #24 BMW, Jim first began road-racing automobiles in 1996 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the BMWCCA Club Racing Program. In his last 15 starts, Jim finished in the top three 14 times with eleven 1st places. His racing career has included dirt track and asphalt Karting, Solo II, and amateur club racing with NASA, POC, and BMWCCA. In 2002, Jim ran 10 races in SPEED Touring Car in a BMW 325Ci, with a best finish of 13th at Washington, D.C. Osborn's best finish in 2003 was 11th at Sebring.

Hayner, coming off an 11th place finish in Portland, will drive the car for the first race of the weekend double header. Hayner will return to Toronto Monday when the team will tape a television segment featuring the #5 GMAC Commercial Finance/Trenton Forging GTO. The segment will air later this year on SPEED Channel's popular new program, Sports Car Revolution.

The Mosport events are scheduled for [Round Six] Saturday at 4pm and [Round 7] at 4:05pm. Both races will air on SPEED, Sunday August 15, at 1pm and 3pm respectively. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

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