Sebring: Autosport qualifying report

Autosport Development GTO Completes Qualifying Round At Sebring Hayner puts it on the grid 25th Friday's race Sebring, Fla -- March 20, 2004 Methodically edging the brand new ...

Autosport Development GTO Completes Qualifying Round At Sebring
Hayner puts it on the grid 25th Friday's race

Sebring, Fla -- March 20, 2004 Methodically edging the brand new #5 GMAC Commercial Finance / Trenton Forging GTO up to speed, Stu Hayner place the car 25th on the grid for tomorrow's SPEED World Challenge GT main event at Sebring. This is the debut event for the GTO and the 2004 World Challenge season.

"Well, the racer in you would like to move a little closer to the front," remarked Hayner. "But we're moving forward according to plan. We came here to shake the car out and to finish tomorrow's race. I think everyone is pleased with our progress."

Regarding his 25th starting spot, Hayner laughed. "It's been quite a while since I've done a standing start, so maybe this isn't such a bad place to start. I'll follow the crew's instructions and start finding my way up to speed. The GTO feels pretty comfortable so far. But, I'm sure as we it's going to start leaning into it it'll have some teething issues and we're going to have to sort out the handling. Right now it's good-- we've got a long way to go to make it better."

Team owner, David Moxlow concurred. "We've accomplished most of our goals for this weekend. As Stu said, the racer in you always wants more, but we're here for the long haul. We're committed to this program and want to do good things for our marketing partner, GMAC Commercial Finance. We've also got our friends from Alan Jay Pontiac with us this weekend, so we want to see them have a good time too. All-in-all, we're very pleased."

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). The SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT season will make its first standing start of 2004 at Sebring International Raceway for the fourth-consecutive year as part of the 52nd Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring week March 17-20. In 2004, the 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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