Osborn Qualifies 19th for World Challenge New England GT Grand Prix
Race Report and Photo By: John Thawley
Lakeville, Conn. – July 1, 2005 In only his second World Challenge GT race, Jim Osborn drove the #7 Remote Area Medical GTO to a 19th place starting spot for Saturday’s SPEED World Challenge GT race at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.
“This just keeps getting better,” said a smiling Osborn. “I’m just going to take it one step at a time and make our way up-to-speed, but, man this is fun! These cars just perform with such authority… it’s easy to see how all that power can go to your head.”
“Driving this track in a GT car is a lot different than in a Touring Car,” Osborn observed. “The GT cars get off the corners so fast, and are bullets down the front straight. You really need to keep the pace or you’re going to get run over. I like it though…. and the car is definitely up to it. I’m going to get together with Stu (Hayner) later and get some feedback on our run. I think we’re going to have a great race”
In off track activities, Osborn, with his endless dedication to seriously ill children and their families, will take time out to visit and have dinner with kids at Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall camp. To date, nearly 100,000 seriously ill children from throughout the United States and 31 countries have attended Hole in the Wall Camps free of charge. They are a not-for-profit organization totally supported by charitable contributions. Hole in the Wall Camps are the dream of actor Paul Newman, who started the first camp in 1988 and has been the driving force ever since. Osborn and his Chili Pepper Racing team have campaigned with the slogan ‘Racing for the Health of it’ supporting the T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital and raising funds for the Lighthouse Family Retreat.
The Speed World Challenge New England Grand Prix is scheduled for Saturday. The SPEED GT race will run on Saturday at 12:40pm and the Touring Car race at 4:10pm. The Touring Car race will air Sunday at 4pm followed by the GT race at 5pm, both on SPEED.
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 and temporary circuits in Cleveland, Denver and St. Petersburg, and make the traditional stops around the country at great tracks like Sebring, Road Atlanta, Lime Rock Park, Infineon, Mosport, Portland, Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca.
For more information about Autosport Development visit www.GoAutosport.com
For more information about Chili Pepper Racing, visit www.chilipepperracing.org
For more information on Remote Area Medical, visit www.ramusa.org
For more information about Trenton Forging, visit www.trentonforging.com
For more information about SCCA SPEED World Challenge, visit www.world-challenge.com