Leighton Reese announces return of Banner Engineering Corvette for 2006 Eden Prairie Minnesota (November 23, 2005): Leighton Reese, of Minnetonka Minnesota, announced that he and Banner Engineering will return in 2006 with an elevated program ...
Leighton Reese announces return of Banner Engineering Corvette for 2006
Eden Prairie Minnesota (November 23, 2005): Leighton Reese, of Minnetonka Minnesota, announced that he and Banner Engineering will return in 2006 with an elevated program which will see Reese campaign his familiar black and yellow Chevrolet Corvettes in both the SPEED World Challenge GT Series and the Grand-Am Series also in the GT classification.
"We at Banner Engineering are delighted to continue the relationship we have had over the years with Leighton Reese," said Bob Fayfield CEO of Banner Engineering.
"In 2005 we demonstrated that we can run up front in the very tough SPEED World Challenge GT Series but we feel that we have some unfinished business and will be looking to place the Banner Engineering Chevy Corvette on the top step of the podium in 2006," said Leighton Reese.
"We are looking to develop into a competitive team in the Grand-Am Series," Reese said. "We know that this is an ambitious goal given the accomplished and experienced teams in Grand-Am but I feel that our Banner Corvette should develop into a competitive package."
"Of course Joe is returning to honcho the effort," Reese said of Joe Kantarik, of Superior Wisconsin who will return as crew chief. "I wouldn't even entertain a project like this without Joe there to run the operation at the track! His experience and hard work help make Banner Racing a super competitive operation!"
Reese and his Banner Racing Team will begin their 2006 schedule racing in the famed Rolex 24-Hour at Daytona Florida in January. The SPEED World Challenge Series schedule will kick off at Sebring as part of the world famous 12-Hours of Sebring. At this time a 14-race schedule is planned.
"Right now our plans are to compete in the opening 3 or 4 rounds in each series but our schedule is flexible," Reese said. "Obviously we cannot race the entire schedules of both series due to conflicts. Also we are still a relatively small team so we need time between races to prepare for the next event."
"We will see how things progress and possibly adjust our schedule from there," Reese continued.
While it is unusual for a team to compete in both the World Challenge and Grand-Am series Reese indicated that the main focus of the Banner Racing schedule will be to provide a presence in areas of coverage for his sponsor Banner Engineering!
"Both series are excellent with strong teams and great venues," Reese said. "Our major goal for this season is to focus on our representation of Banner and their customers. A combined schedule will be the best way to accomplish that!"
Reese has not yet finalized his co-drivers for the Rolex 24-Hour race in January nor has a regular co-driver been selected for the remainder of the Grand-Am season. Reese is still accepting applications for both. Leighton should be contacted directly at his garage by calling 953-934-8900.
Leighton Reese and his Banner Engineering Chevy Corvette finished 6th in the 2005 World Challenge GT driver's championship (which was the highest placing for a Corvette driver). Leighton recorded 2 pole positions in 2005 with his highest finish being 2nd at Portland.