Road America Spectacular run for Banner Racing

(August 19, 2000) At approximately 8:00 am this morning, a 25-minute practice session commenced for round seven of the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series from Elkhart Lake, WI. The weather was sunny and brisk, around 60 degrees. The fastest in...

(August 19, 2000) At approximately 8:00 am this morning, a 25-minute practice session commenced for round seven of the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series from Elkhart Lake, WI. The weather was sunny and brisk, around 60 degrees. The fastest in the morning session around this 4.048 mile circuit, was Paul Gentalozzi in the #1 Homelink Jaguar entry followed by the #64 of Miller, #49 of Randy Ruhlman, #12 of Mike Lewis and Lou Gigliotti in the #28 entry.

Leighton Reese (Minnetonka, MN) in the #66 Banner Engineering/Phillips 66 entry were able to avoid serious trouble and finish a strong 5th in Saturday's race at Road America. Leighton started the Banner Pontiac Grand Prix from 6th spot on the qualifying grid, and was able to avoid the crashes and problems that plagued other cars and teams such as Gigliotti, Kenny Wilden, and rookie to the Trans-Am series, Paul Fixx.

Midway through lap six, a crash occurred involving Wilden, Fixx and Gigliotti. The crash, which caused a full-course red flag, blocked the track for 20 minutes. Wilden was the only driver injured and he was treated and released from the track medical facility.

The race was won by Paul Gentilozzi in the #1 Jaguar, followed by Chris Neville in the #84 Mustang, the #5 of Jeff Altenburg, Tony Ave in the #20 Camaro, and Leighton Reese filling out the top 5 positions.

Next up: Grand Prix of Texas from the Texas Motor Speedway, located in Fort Worth, September 3.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Fix , Tony Ave , Paul Gentilozzi , Leighton Reese , Randy Ruhlman , Jeff Altenburg