Banner Racing Houston race report

(September 30, 2000) After post-race reviews, SCCA and the Trans-Am officials have determined that Chris Neville (Soenen Motorsports) has been declared the winner in round 9 of the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series in the Grand Prix of Houston...

(September 30, 2000) After post-race reviews, SCCA and the Trans-Am officials have determined that Chris Neville (Soenen Motorsports) has been declared the winner in round 9 of the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series in the Grand Prix of Houston today.

Initially, Paul Gentalozzi in the #1 Homelink Jaguar was the provisional winner of the race, with Chris Neville in the #84 in second place and Jack Willes in the #48 TWC Corvette in third. However, after a controversial afternoon, the results have been changed. How did this effect Leighton Reese (Minnetonka, MN) and the Banner Engineering/Phillips 66 entry? Provisionally, the #66 had been listed in 7th place on the final grid. With the penalties assessed to Gentalozzi in the #1 car, and Willes in the #48 entry, this has moved Reese and the #66 up to a pleasing 5th place.

"We were happy with a 7th place finish here," stated Reese after the race. "There was so much banging out there and so much debris on the track by the end, that we were pacified with finishing where we were," but the 5th place finish is very welcomed by Reese and the Banner Team.

Genatolzzi was assessed a 25 second penalty for having 5 crew members over the wall during a pit stop when the left rear tire had gone flat after an on track incident between he and Simo in the #88 car. SCCA rules state that only 4 crew (one supervisor and 3 working crew) can be over the wall during a stop.

Willes was also assessed a 25 second penalty for passing Simo during a caution, which SCCA rules states that no competitor is to pass under a caution. As a result of the penalties, Chris Neville (#84) was declared the winner, with Stu Hayner and GJ Mennen finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Brian Simo in the #88, will officially finish in 4th position, with Leighton Reese and the Banner Racing team finishing 5th.

Round 10 of the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series will be held at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, CA on October 15.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Leighton Reese , Stu Hayner