Veteran Cox Leads Corvette Effort with 3rd Place Finish at Lime Rock Story by Doug Johnson LAKEVILLE, CT -- Reese Cox, owner/driver of the Marietta, GA. based MTI Racing's No.98 C5 Corvette, defended the 'Corvette Racing' honor by...
Veteran Cox Leads Corvette Effort with 3rd Place Finish at Lime Rock
Story by Doug Johnson
LAKEVILLE, CT -- Reese Cox, owner/driver of the Marietta, GA. based MTI Racing's No.98 C5 Corvette, defended the 'Corvette Racing' honor by gaining a hard-earned 3rd place podium finish at the SCCA's Round #4 race held at the Lime Rock Park facility on May 27.
Cox qualified in the 12th grid position for the race with a fast lap of 00:59.259, approximately 1.5 seconds off the pole sitting time of Michael Galati in a new Audi S4.
"It's a good thing I'm a better race car driver than I am a qualifier," Cox said in reference to his habit of finishing these World Challenge GT races better than he normally qualifies. This fact also contributed to Cox being awarded the Borla Performance Award for this race.
During this 2000 season, Cox's second racing the new C5 Corvette; he has demonstrated that both he and the C5 Corvette are new powers in the highly and increasingly competitive world of World Challenge racing.
In this year's season opener at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC., Cox drove a terrific and exciting race while earning a 2nd place finish to Bill Cooper in another C5 Corvette.
He followed that up with a very strong car, which was running in the lead pack at the Mosport race, only to be forced to withdraw with serious mechanical problems with the Corvette's drivetrain.
Reese Cox, owner/driver of the No.98 MTI Racing C5 Corvette, is shown here receiving his 3rd place trophy and Borla Performance Award for the SCCA Speedvision World Challenge GT Lime Rock Park race. (Photo by Doug Johnson)
Cox has steadily improved his standing in the 2000 series' Championship points and currently sits in 6th place with 53 points; 17 points behind series leader Peter Cunningham's 70.
In the 1999 season, the 37-year-old Cox contested eight of the 10 Speedvision GT races, recording three top-five and six top-10 finishes with a best result of second at the Western Michigan Grand Prix in Grand Rapids, MI. He finished sixth overall in the season-ending GT Championship standings.
In 1998, Cox won Rookie of the Year honors in T1 on the strength of two top-five (career-best fourths at Topeka and Lime Rock) and four top-10 finishes (Trois-Rivieres and Road America). He finished sixth overall in the Drivers' Championship, tied with Paul Brown.
1997, he made his World Challenge debut, scoring top-10 finishes at Mid-Ohio (eighth) and Mosport Park (sixth); and he was undefeated in A-Sedan competition, scoring six wins, six poles and four track records.
MTI Racing is part of MTI Motorsports - a custom Corvette high-performance tuner located in Marietta, GA.