(November 5, 2000) Round 12 of the SCCA BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series wrapped up this weekend in sunny San Diego, CA. Leighton Reese (Minnetonka, MN) takes home a beautiful 7th place finish in the race, and a 4th place in the Driver's Points Standings.
The 99 mile, 60 lap race around this 1.65 mile temporary circuit, was plagued with only one major caution of the day. Reese, who had started the #66 Banner Racing/Phillips 66 Pontiac Grand Prix from the 6th position on the qualifying grid, ended up surviving the race, and taking home a pleasing 7th place overall for the day. Johnny Miller in the #64 Corvette took home his first victory of the season, followed by Boris Said and Brian Simo respectively. "This is a brutal track," stated Reese. "Going through turns 7-8 and 9-10 are probably the worst. It's a small straight chute, but the car gets up to about 130 mph there. The bumps on that small straight wreak havoc on the car." Survival at this temporary circuit was victory within itself.
Today's finish was enough for Leighton to clinch 4th place in the Driver's Points battle, and in addition, take the MOMO Design Watch award. This award, along with 4 MOMO Design watches, was presented to the driver/team that accumulated the most points beginning with the August 19 race at Road America through the end of the season, being this weekend in San Diego.
At the awards banquet held after the race on Sunday evening, Leighton proudly announced that both primary sponsors of the #66 Pontiac Grand Prix, Banner Engineering and Phillips 66, will return with Reese in the 2001 series.
Congratulations to Leighton Reese and the entire Banner Racing team on a great 2000 season. Leighton would also like to thank Bob Fayfield, President and CEO of Banner Engineering, as well as the entire family of Phillips 66, for the continued support throughout the season and into the future.