Leighton Reese to start Banner Engineering Corvette C-6 10th in SPEED World Challenge GT Series opener at Sebring Sebring, Florida: (March 17th, 2005) Leighton Reese of Minnetonka Minnesota came to the season opening round of the SPEED World ...
Leighton Reese to start Banner Engineering Corvette C-6 10th in SPEED World Challenge GT Series opener at Sebring
Sebring, Florida: (March 17th, 2005) Leighton Reese of Minnetonka Minnesota came to the season opening round of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series here at the historic Sebring racetrack but after an all too exciting start to the week will be happy to start his Banner Engineering Chevrolet Corvette C-6 in 10th position.
On Tuesday Reese had to park the banner Corvette out on course during a pre-race test session when his motor lost all oil pressure. The resulting flat tow back destroyed the nose of the car, broke the radiator and caused other significant damage that required the crew to work most of the day and well into the early hours of Wednesday to repair.
The situation looked bleak for the Banner Racing team as the Corvette was almost completely dissembled but by noon on Wednesday the Banner Racing Chevy Corvette C6 was ready to take to the track for a hardship lap.
"Awesome job guys," crackled Leighton Reese's voice over the radio as he completed the lap successfully and with no problems.
Crew chief Joe Kantarik felt that they needed to record a top ten lap time in the afternoon practice session late on Wednesday but they had to hit it right the first time as this would be Leighton's only chance to get towards the front of the pack for Thursday's qualifying session.
As it turned out Leighton set the 8th quickest time in the second session which as fate and weather would have it was good enough for 10th position on the starting grid when the Florida skies opened up for a day long deluge that soaked the track and forces SCCA to cancel qualifying. SCCA would fill the GT starting grid based on the fastest times set in both practice sessions and Leighton Reese and Joe Kantarik and the Banner Engineering Corvette C6 made the best of their one and only shot at practice.
The 20 lap, 74 mile, SPEED World Challenge Series GT race will take the customary and exciting standing start at 3:45 PM Eastern Time and will be broadcast in it's entirety on Sunday March 27th at 2 PM.