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GMAC / Trenton Forging #5 GTO Road Atlanta Pre-Race Report
Autosport Development Team Anxious To Hit The Track

Detroit -- April 12, 2005 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Series is back in action as part of the Grand Prix at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Ga., April 15-17 and the Autosport Development crew is anxious to get Stu Hayner's GMAC Commercial Finance / Trenton Forging #5 GTO back on the track.

"We had an early race incident in St. Petersburg," said crew chief, Rob Wanamaker. "It put us back in the pack so we used the opportunity to observe the car in race conditions. It paid dividends once back at the shop. We've made some important suspension adjustments that should make the car more stable and give Stu the ability to drive into the corners harder and a better feel for the car's back end as he comes off the corners. All-in-all, I think we'll start the week ahead of the curve."

The team will participate in the promoter's test day on Thursday.

"The test session will be an excellent opportunity for us," continued Wanamaker. "Road Atlanta has a good mix of track conditions and room to move the car around-- allowing Stu more flexibility in trying lines and giving us the feedback needed to make the car better."

The team felt they had a competitive start in St. Petersburg and without the early contact could have had a top-10 finish.

"We're definitely seeing improvements," Wanamaker added. "Our lap times during the race at St. Petersburg were the best we'd seen all weekend. I'm confident as we get the car more comfortable to where Stu can be more aggressive, we'll see the car get up among the lead pack. It's no secret that the Vipers are going to be tough, but we think we can run with the Cadillacs and Corvettes. This should be a good weekend for us."

The team will also participate in off-track activities with hospitality programs for guests from GMAC Commerical Finance in Atlanta and in conjunction with Chili Pepper racing will entertain families from the Lighthouse Retreat, a seaside family retreat established to serve families caring for children with cancer.

The SPEED World Challenge GT race takes the green flag on Sunday, April 17 at 8:55am and will air on SPEED Channel tape delayed at 1:pm. The Touring Car race will air live on Saturday, April 16 at 4pm.

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.

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Series PWC
Drivers Stu Hayner