Leighton Reese travels to Mosport for Round 10 of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series Minnetonka Minnesota driver Leighton Reese is looking north to continue the success he and his Banner Engineering Chevy Corvette C6 are having recently as the...
Leighton Reese travels to Mosport for Round 10 of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series
Minnetonka Minnesota driver Leighton Reese is looking north to continue the success he and his Banner Engineering Chevy Corvette C6 are having recently as the SPEED World Challenge GT Series heads to one of Leighton's favorite race track in Ontario Canada this Labour Day Weekend.
Reese lists the demanding Mosport track as one of his favorites and has had success on the permanent race course which sits just north of Lake Ontario some 100 kilometers east of Toronto.
In 1991 Leighton and Lou Gigliotti won the SS class, in what is now the World Challenge Series, in a 24 hour race here at Mosport driving Gigliotti's Chevy Camaro which included a pit stop for a lunch break.
"We were leading by about seven laps so I stopped for a ham sandwich," Reese recalled with a smile. "I was really hungry!"
"I started the race and ran most of the first half because Lou was running a race the same weekend at Watkins Glen," Leighton continued. "Lou got to the track somewhere around 2 or 3 AM."
Reese continued his strong races at the Mosport facility in both the ASA stock car series, which included qualifying on the front row with ASA regular and NASCAR Cup driver Johnny Benson Jr., and in the Trans-Am series where his Banner Engineering Pontiac and Corvette would most always be found within the top 5.
Leighton continued to show podium speed after joining the World Challenge Series as he finished 2nd and 6th in the World Challenge double header at Mosport in 2004.
While early equipment failures have eliminated Reese from Championship contention Mosport holds much more for Reese beyond winning or a strong podium finish as Leighton has been looking forward to the 2005 race for several months because of his experience on this track and how well his Chevy Corvette C6 seems to perform there.
"I think that if we can have strong runs at both Mosport and Laguna Seca, which are tracks were we usually run very well, I can get into the 5th or 6th position in the championship," said Reese of his goals for the remainder of the season. "A top five in the championship would be a great accomplishment for us given the drivers and teams which compete in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Series."
Going into Portland Leighton was barely into the top 15 but strong performances in Oregon and Denver have propelled Reese up to 8th in the standings and he isn't looking behind him because on how well Reese and his Banner Corvette did at these tracks in 2004 Leighton still feels that he can crack the top 5 if they manage go the final 140 minutes of competition trouble free.
Round 10 of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series around the demanding Mosport track is scheduled to start at 4:00 PM Eastern Time on Saturday, September 3rd. Look for the race on the SPEED Channel on Saturday, September 10th at 1:00 pm EST.