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Trans-Am Race for the BF Goodrich Cup - Round 7 - Portland, Ore. Leighton Reese and his Banner Corvette are ready for Tommy Bahama 125 race Portland, Ore: (August 2nd, 2001): Leighton Reese and the Banner Racing team are in Portland Oregon for...

Trans-Am Race for the BF Goodrich Cup - Round 7 - Portland, Ore.
Leighton Reese and his Banner Corvette are ready for Tommy Bahama 125 race

Portland, Ore: (August 2nd, 2001): Leighton Reese and the Banner Racing team are in Portland Oregon for the Tommy Bahamas 125 race at Portland International Raceway. The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup will make its first appearance in six years at Portland with the running of the Tommy Bahama 125 on Saturday, August 4.

It has been much longer since Reese has raced on the Portland track. "I last drove here in an IMSA production car series," Reese reminisced. "I finished 2nd, in a Corvette, driving with John Heinricy I think. The course has changed a bit since then so we are pretty much starting out from scratch."

Reese still maintains his goal of finishing in the top ten in driver's points by the end of the season. Leighton is currently 23rd in the Championship points chase having missed the first three races due to an off season injury. To accomplish this crew chief Joe Kantarik spent the past week trying to sort out some handling problems on the Banner Corvette.

"We are going to try a much softer setup in the rear," Reese commented. "Joe significantly softened both the spring rates and the shocks. This should let the car roll more freely. Hopefully this will make us more competitive this weekend."

"A lot of people were having traction problems at the last race (Sears Point)," Reese concluded. "But we were having more than most. Hopefully this new setup will correct that and we can be more competitive on Saturday."

The Tommy Bahamas 125 will be the second of three races this year having a mandatory pit stop for fuel. But this will be the first Trans-Am race that the Leighton Reese racing team will contest, since the Banner Engineering Corvette was heavily damaged during practice for the Mosport race and was unable to make the grid. Pit stops are not really new for Reese and his crew since he has run many ASA races with pit stops for both fuel and tires before moving into the Trans-Am Series.

The race will be held at PIR on August 4, 2001. PIR is a permanent road course of 1.969 miles in length. The Tommy Bahama 125 begins at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Saturday and will air live on the Speedvision Television Network.

-LRR-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers John Heinricy , Leighton Reese