Leighton Reese Sears Point preview

Trans-Am Race for the BF Goodrich Cup - Round 6 - Sonoma, Calif Leighton Reese and his Banner Corvette Ready for Sears Point Raceway Eden Prairie MN (July 19th, 2001): Leighton Reese and the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup will ...

Trans-Am Race for the BF Goodrich Cup - Round 6 - Sonoma, Calif
Leighton Reese and his Banner Corvette Ready for Sears Point Raceway

Eden Prairie MN (July 19th, 2001): Leighton Reese and the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup will compete in the Wine Country 100 on Saturday, July 21 at Sears Point Raceway. This is the Reese's first trip to the 2.52-mile Sonoma Calif. track in over a decade and the first appearance in six years at Sears Point for the Trans-Am Series.

This season has been a trying one for Leighton Reese and his Banner Engineering racing team. Being forced to totally rebuild the Banner Corvette during the season has meant that the past two months have been more about rebuilding than competing in the races. This race at Sears Point marks the mid point of the season and the team has finally caught up and can begin focusing on the races.

"We just now have a full complement of spares," Reese commented. "We have two complete nose sections for the first time since Long Beach (the second race of the season). We also had to totally rebuild the motor since we broke our best engine at Detroit."

This weekend's race will be part of The X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend for the American Le Mans Series, and the Speedvision World Challenge series. The schedule at Sears Point calls for Trans-Am practice and qualifying on Friday, July 20 and the race on Saturday. So it will be a very hectic two days for Reese and his crew.

"Friday will be really, really hectic," Reese said. "We will have three sessions on that Friday so it will be a long and hard day. But we will be ready!"

"I feel good physically and I am mentally ready," Reese said while speaking of his re-habilitation from an off season skiing accident. "I have been working out and I am in the best condition of the season."

Paul Gentilozzi, the series points leader and winner of the last three races, is on a roll lately. Reese doesn't expect his team to break the win streak of Gentilozzi's Rocketsports Jaguar, the focus instead will be on a strong top 5 finish and winning points. The Sears Point race marks the mid-point of the Trans-Am Series. The entire Banner Racing Team feels that they can repeat their series leading 2nd half performance of the 2000 season and salvage the 2001 season.

The 100-mile, 40-lap event for the Trans-Am Series will be get the green flag at 11:30 a.m. (PDT) on Saturday will be televised live by CBS, marking the Trans-AM Series' first-ever live appearance on a major network.

-LRR-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Leighton Reese