Eden Prairie, MN: (January 23rd, 2002): Leighton Reese announced today that he and long time sponsor Banner Engineering will not be contesting the Trans-Am Series in the ...
Eden Prairie, MN: (January 23rd, 2002): Leighton Reese announced today that he and long time sponsor Banner Engineering will not be contesting the Trans-Am Series in the #66 Chevrolet Corvette during the 2002 season. Reese and Banner Engineering CEO Bob Fayfield felt that sitting out the season would be the best option based on current circumstances.
Reese and Fayfield were quick to clarify that the decision was an economic one and not an indication of any dissatisfaction with the team or the series.
"They (Banner Engineering) love Trans-Am racing and the exposure and good will that we have generated," Reese explained. "They understand the marketing impact that their racing program has had. However, the hard economic fact is that we just cannot put together the kind of effort that Trans-Am fans have come to expect of us for the 2002 season."
"Bob and I completely agree on this decision," Reese said. "It is the right and obvious choice at this time."
The present plan would see Leighton Reese and his team return with Banner Engineering in their familiar yellow and black #66 race car, hopefully as soon as the 2003 season, to continue building on the successes of recent seasons.
"Leighton Reese Racing, with the loyal support of our great sponsors, have built something special and I want to keep this team together and build for the future. We definitely do not consider this an end to anything. Just a sabbatical!"
Leighton Reese would like to take this opportunity to extend his continuing gratitude to the many sponsors and supporters who have allowed the Banner Engineering entry to compete and win on a professional level in a tough racing series. Banner Engineering, Phillips 66, Bokers Inc., Harry Schwartz/Epic Racing, Continental Property Group, Wilson Oil, Nelson Specialties, Coleman Machine, Motorsports Spares, Quartermaster, and Intercomp. You all have allowed Leighton Reese Racing and the Banner Engineering Trans-Am cars to be a truly professional racing operation. Our successes are yours as well and we thank you all.