Osborn Finishes 20th in World Challenge New England GT Grand Prix After an Unexpected Mechanical Difficulty
Race Report By: John Thawley
Lakeville, Conn. – July 2, 2005 Jim Osborn finished 20th in #7 Remote Area Medical GTO today in the SPEED World Challenge GT race at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Osborn retired from the race early when his engine let go.
“I’m not sure what happened,” commented Osborn. “I was having a pretty good run. The car was handling really well. I’m pretty sure I could have made a pass on a few of the guys I was running with, but sticking with our plan, I was content to run with them and keep building up our seat time.”
“Stu (Hayner) and I are spending more time together and he’s helping me a lot to understand the car’s handling characteristics. I’ll tell you, it is really dialed in. The car is just a blast to drive. I’m kind of disappointed that we didn’t get to finish… things were really going well. I’m not sure what happened… we’ll take a look back at the shop.”
Earlier in the week, Osborn took time out to visit and have dinner with kids at Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall camp, 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 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge races will air Sunday, July 3rd at 4pm followed by the GT race at 5pm, both on SPEED.
The series will move on to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, July 15-17 with the American Le Mans Series.
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.
T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital is part of the Erlanger Health system and is a level-one trauma center. Located in the Tennessee Valley of Chattanooga, TN. T.C. Thompson does not only serve the Tennessee area but also those living in North Alabama, East Tennessee, North Georgia and Western North Carolina. The hospital serves as a teaching facility for the University of Tennessee School of Medicine.
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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For more information about SCCA SPEED World Challenge, visit www.world-challenge.com
For more information about Chili Pepper Racing, visit www.chilipepperracing.org