Race Report By: John Thawley
Cleveland – June 26, 2005 Starting 22nd in his first ever World Challenge GT race, Jim Osborn drove the #7 Remote Area Medical GTO to a 20th place finish in Sunday’s SPEED World Challenge race at the Grand Prix of Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport, June 23-36. “That was just awesome,” laughed Osborn after the race. “The car is just amazing. We had a problem with first gear when we went through the turn one mess at the start, but once I got it freed up, we were off and running.”
“Later on, I started to get pretty comfortable,” Osborn continued. “When we got into traffic on the restart, I felt very confident moving the car around. I found myself in the mix with Tom Oates and Mike Davis and had no problem getting the car to go where I needed to be. And, the power is definitely there.” “We said our goal was go out and get some laps under our belt,” Osborn said. “We did that… we did that well.
The Chili Pepper racing guys did a great job with prepping for the race and Autosport Development’s guys made it happen. Best of all, I brought it back whole! Let’s get to Limerock!” Osborn’s #24 Chili Pepper Racing BMW qualified 13th for Saturday’s Touring Car race and finished 25th. Osborn retired late in the race with mechanical difficulties.
The Cleveland Grand Prix schedule called for the SPEED Touring Car race to run on Saturday at 5:45pm and the GT race to run Sunday at 4pm. The Touring Car race aired Sunday at 4pm and the GT race ran one-hour tape delay at 5pm, 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 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.
For more information about Autosport Development visit www.GoAutosport.com
For more information about Trenton Forging, visit www.trentonforging.com
For more information about SCCA SPEED World Challenge, visit www.world-challenge.com
For more information about Chili Pepper Racing, visit www.chilipepperracing.org