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St. Pete: Leighton Reese preview

Leighton Reese and his Banner Engineering Corvette C-6 ready to pound the streets of St. Petersburg Florida for Round 2 of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series St. Petersburg, Florida: (March 31st, 2005) Leighton Reese of Minnetonka Minnesota...

Leighton Reese and his Banner Engineering Corvette C-6 ready to pound the streets of St. Petersburg Florida for Round 2 of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series

St. Petersburg, Florida: (March 31st, 2005) Leighton Reese of Minnetonka Minnesota will take his high speed Banner Engineering Chevrolet Corvette C6 to the high speed streets of St. Petersburg Florida for his first ever visit to this venue as the SPEED World Challenge GT Series returns to the Tampa/St. Pete area after a 7 year hiatus.

"I have never raced there (St. Petersburg), but traditionally I have had good success on street circuits in the Trans-Am Series," Reese said of racing on temporarily built race tracks that run on city streets.

Leighton has finished on the podium several times in his Trans-Am Series Corvettes and Pontiacs including podium runs at Vancouver, Western Michigan, Minneapolis and 2nd place finishes at venues like Detroit, Houston and a Casino parking lot in Reno Nevada.

Saying that, Leighton was quick to point out that since street tracks are lined with concrete barriers which lurk perilously close to the racing action and finish can often be a good finish on these types of race tracks and the St. Petersburg layout is anything but typical for street tracks.

"This is a really, really fast race track as street courses go," Leighton said with a big smile. "There are 15 degree turns in the middle of long straights here that are a lot like the Kink at Road America except of course for that there is concrete right along both sides of the track!"

After motor problems during practice at Sebring forced the team to use a backup engine for that race the Banner Corvette is ready to roar at St. Petersburg as a new LS2 6.0 liter V-8 has been installed for this event.

Leighton Reese indicated that he is enthusiastic to be racing at St. Petersburg saying, "This track has a Long Beach like look to it with it's proximity to the water. This is a kick butt race track and the Banner Racing team and I feel that we can really do well here this weekend!"

Reese's Banner Engineering Corvette has been selected to carry one of SPEED TVs in car cameras for Sunday's April 3rd race which prompted Leighton to say that, "We will either be hero's or zero's live on National TV this weekend!"

The 50 minute sprint race that will determine the winner of Round 2 of the SPEED World Challenge Series GT will start at 9:45 AM Eastern Time and will be broadcast in it's entirety on Sunday April 10th at 2 PM Eastern Time on the SPEED Network.

You can follow all of the racing action for Leighton Reese and Banner Racing at www.LeightonReese.com.

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