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Autosport Development Infineon Race Report Hayner runs a strong 10th while heat takes toll on both cars Sonoma, Calif. July 16 Round Seven of the SCCA Pro SPEED World Challenge GT race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, wasn't kind ...

Autosport Development Infineon Race Report

Hayner runs a strong 10th while heat takes toll on both cars

Sonoma, Calif. July 16 Round Seven of the SCCA Pro SPEED World Challenge GT race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, wasn't kind the either Autosport Development GTO today. The GT race ran at 1:05pm today as part of the Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma Presented by Ravenswood in conjunction with the American Le Mans Series.

Hayner's 10th place finish in the #5 GMAC Commercial Finance / Trenton Forging GTO did not reflect the car's performance level.

"We had a good car," said Hayner. "It actually was the best it's been all weekend. For some reason on lap nine, the car simply shut off. I restarted it and got back underway. I past Liddell a few laps earlier and was running in seventh."

"I'm told the #7 car had a similar problem," Hayner continued. "The crew is suspicious of some heat problems with the ECU. We'll just have to dig into it and find out what's going on."

Paul Bonaccorsi, driving the #7 car also reported his car cutting out. Ultimately, the car retired with a failure of the power steering hose.

"The car was excellent," said Bonaccorsi. "I was definitely starting to get comfortable in the car-- except the heat. It seems I had a similar problem as Stu, the car started cutting out on me. But, I figured the way all the other cars were dropping out I could stay out there and maybe get a top 15."

"I'm not sure exactly when it happened," said Boniccorsi, referring to the power steering hose failure, "but I started up the hill and turned it at the apex of two and the car just came around on he. Once it stalled, in this heat it wasn't about to restart. Fortunately, I was able to get the car off track and out of arms way."

"It was a great time running the GTO and being back in World Challenge," added Bonaccorsi. "You can bet we're going to be seeking out opportunities to get Bonaccorsi racing back on the track. This was fun."

The Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma Presented by Ravenswood schedule SPEED GT race ran Saturday at 1:05pm and the Touring Car race will run on Sunday at 2:50pm. Both races will air Sunday, July 17th on SPEED with the GT race at 1:30pm the Touring Car race at 6pm. All times are EST.

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