Leighton Reese announces driver line up for Rolex 24 at Daytona Eden Prairie Minnesota (December 29th 2005): After months of planning and preparation for the 2006 Rolex 24 at Daytona Leighton Reese announced the driver line-up for the Grand-Am...
Leighton Reese announces driver line up for Rolex 24 at Daytona
Eden Prairie Minnesota (December 29th 2005): After months of planning and preparation for the 2006 Rolex 24 at Daytona Leighton Reese announced the driver line-up for the Grand-Am GT #06 Banner Engineering Chevy Corvette C6.
Along with Reese the drivers will include Tommy Archer, of Duluth Minnesota, Russ Oasis, of Miami Florida, and Dino Crescentini of Malibu California.
Leighton Reese is also planning on racing the Banner Engineering Corvette in several other Grand-Am races during the 2006 season but right now the main focus is on the Rolex 24.
"The Rolex 24-Hours race at Daytona is an extraordinarily high profile road race, one of the biggest road races in the world so we are excited to be a part of it," said Leighton Reese. "We haven't done any endurance racing for a while so this is a new deal for us."
"I think we've got a good car and we have put together a great group of drivers a good crew of guys and built a ton of spares so right now we just have to get down to Daytona and get some laps in and learn about Grand-Am racing."
Additional sponsorship for the Banner Corvette at the Rolex 24 at Daytona are; WKLU in Indianapolis, The Hair Cuttery, Centric Parts and Las Vegas Bike Fest.
Leighton Reese of Minnetonka Minnesota:
Leighton Reese is a veteran racer who has wins in everything from ice races to road races as well as circle tracks. Reese raced in the IMSA Firehawk Series in the 80's and the ASA series in the early 90's racing in the Trans-Am Series from 1996 to 2001 in the Banner Pontiac Grand Prix which he designed and built himself into a race winning car. Most recently Reese has driven a GT Corvette into the World Challenge Series in 2004 and 2005.
Leighton's only race in the Daytona 24 hour was in 1991 where he finished 5th after the motor expired in his GTU Mazda RX7 during the final hour after running with the leaders. Reese won a 24 hour World Challenge race at Mosport in a Chevy Camaro in 1991.
Tommy Archer of Duluth Minnesota:
Archer is the experienced endurance racer of the team having had great success with Team Oreca Dodge Viper at Daytona and Le Mans. Tommy's racing resume is broad having raced in everything from ice races to NASCAR Trucks. Archer was the 2004 World Challenge GT champion in a Viper.
"Twenty-four hour races are like a crap shoot. I have led many 24 hour races only to have it slip away. A team has to have luck to do well."
"A 24 hour races are not won by going fast alone. They are won by not being in the pits! We have to stay out on the track and stay out of trouble."
"The fun part of this effort is there won't be a lot of pressure. Of course I will try to do the best I can, I always do, but this one should be fun!"
Russ Oasis of Miami Florida:
Russ Oasis comes out of the Viper Racing League where he has raced extensively. Oasis has known Tommy Archer and his brothers Bobby and John throught the Viper Racing league. John Archer maintains Russ' Viper. This will be Russ' first pro race and he expects to learn a lot from racing with pro drivers like Archer and Reese.
"I am excited to be racing in the Rolex 24 and at Daytona and this is a great opportunity for me to be racing with pros like Tommy Archer and Leighton Reese. They are guys who understand high performance cars."
"I am with guys I can trust and rely on so I won't be alone out there trying to learn on my own. I won't be embarrassed to ask for advice or help."
Dino Crescentini of Malibu California:
Crescentini is also a driver with a broad background having started in off road desert and motocross and moving into SCCA Club racing. Dino competed in various Trans-Am events in 1993 to 1997 which included a pole position at Phoenix.
For the past two seasons Crescentini competed in the World Challenge Touring Car Series racing a Tri-Point Mazda 6 in 2005 with a best finish of 3rd at Infineon. Dino won the World Challenge GT race at Portland in 2005 in a Corvette.
"I have never been to the Daytona 24 hour before and it is a great race so I am really looking forward to racing in there this year," Crescentini said of his pending visit to Daytona. "We have a good group of drivers and a good team so I think it will be a great time and a good effort."
"I ran last year (2004) in the 25 hour race at Thunderhill in a Radical. Obviously the Rolex 24 is a much higher profile event. I think that this Corvette will be very similar to the World Challenge GT Corvette I won with at Portland, which was a lot like the Trans-Am cars I had previously driven.
"The car will have less horsepower but more grip so I should be able to learn it pretty quickly. I am really looking forward to it!"