Banner Racing, Wilden Mosport preview

Bomanville, Ontario: Canadian driver Kenny Wilden, Oakville, Ontario, will feel right at home in the Banner Engineering Corvette. Mosport International Raceway is Kenny's home track and the Leighton Reese Racing team and Wilden are starting to...

Bomanville, Ontario: Canadian driver Kenny Wilden, Oakville, Ontario, will feel right at home in the Banner Engineering Corvette. Mosport International Raceway is Kenny's home track and the Leighton Reese Racing team and Wilden are starting to adjust to each other as well. But the major buzz for the weekend will be the addition of mandatory fuel stops for the 50 lap race.

The Trans-Am Series 125 at Mosport will be the first of three Pit Stop races during the 2001 season. All cars will be required to pit, under green flag conditions, for at least six (6) U.S.-gallons of fuel. The last mandatory pit stop race that the Trans-Am Series held was on October 20, 1991 at Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas.

Pit stops while new to most of the Trans-Am teams aren't that new to Leighton Reese and his team since Leighton did a lot of racing with ASA in the past. But Reese indicated that there would be a lot of strategy involved in these stops.

"I think most teams will pit early in the race," Reese said. "Pitting late in the race could loose a lot of track position, with very little time to catch up. Some may even start the race with a light fuel load, as is done sometimes in Formula 1, since there is only a small time difference when adding 10 gallons versus 6 gallons. Either way it's going to make this a very interesting race!"

Leighton Reese either wasn't sure or wouldn't comment on the strategy to be used by the Banner Racing team at Mosport. He indicated that the pit stop strategy would be a race day decision.

Round three of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, the Trans-Am Series 125, will be held on Sunday, May 20 at Mosport International Raceway. This weekend's race will be the 394th in the Trans-Am Series illustrious 36-year history and the 22nd appearance at Mosport.

Sunday's race will be televised live at 1:00 pm,(EDT) by the Speedvision Network. Greg Creamer and Dorsey Schroeder will provide commentary.

-BR

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Leighton Reese , Dorsey Schroeder