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GMAC/Trenton Forging #5 GTO Qualifies 20th at Road Atlanta

Braselton, Ga. -- Sept. 23, 2004 Overcoming issues with a slipping clutch, the GMAC/Trenton Forging #5 GTO qualified 20th for the round 9 SPEED World Challenge GT series at Road Atlanta. The event will run Friday in conjunction with the American LeMans Series Petit LeMans 10 hour endurance race.

"The car is pretty good," said driver, Stu Hayner. "There appears to be two groups of 10 cars with not much time separating each 10. We're obviously in that second group, but I think we'll be able to be pretty competitive. It appears the recent SCCA Pro competition adjustments are doing their job. While it didn't help us any, it really seems to have shaken up the field. We're not used to seeing the Audis this far back on the starting grid. The start should be pretty exciting having those all-wheel drive cars in the middle of the pack."

"We plan on making a few changes before tomorrows race to see if we can get the handling a little better," Hayner added. -- "All-in-all though, we're going to have to play the cards we were dealt for the rest of the year. We've taken the car just about as far as we can take it this year. Hopefully, we can sit down with the Series and see what help we can get to make the car more competitive. Our guys have worked real hard to get it this far, but we're just to that point where we need some relief."

"Like I said, though," continued Hayner, "tomorrow should be a heck of a race. Everyone is packed together pretty tight throughout the entire field. I think you'll see every position being contested. These guys aren't prone to yielding the right of way so you can be sure the spectators will be getting their money's worth on this one. I know we'll be doing everything we can to move to the front. We've got a lot of our friends from GMAC Commercial Finance this weekend and while I can't promise them a win, I can promise them a hell of a show!"

In addition to the racing activity, Hayner is participating in a benefit go-kart event to raise funds for Motorsports Ministries. Trenton Forging will field two teams in the three-hour endurance event.

The team will also host 30 guests from GMAC for Friday's feature event the SPEED World Challenge GT race.

Sunday, following the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, Chili Pepper Racing is hosting a motorcycle charity ride through northern Georgia. Fans can ride alongside SCCA SPEED World Challenge drivers, including SPEED Touring Car Champion Bill Auberlen, Five-Time Le Mans winner Derek Bell, Five-Time SPEED World Challenge Champion Michael Galati, multi-race winner Stu Hayner, Former Rookie of the Year Matt Plumb, Defending SPEED GT Champion Randy Pobst, event organizer Jim Osborn and local rookie Seth Thomas. Trenton Forging will co-sponsor the event.

The SPEED World Challenge GT race will run Friday, September 24 and air Sunday September 26 at 1PM EST on SPEED.


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Series PWC
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Randy Pobst , Michael Galati , Derek Bell , Jim Osborn , Stu Hayner , Matt Plumb , Seth Thomas