Leighton Reese pilots the Banner Racing ZO6 at Mid-Ohio in 2004. (Click for larger)
“As always it is an honor to represent the fine people and products of Banner Engineering,” Reese said of his long association with the Minneapolis based provider of photo sensing and automation equipment.
"Banner has been associated with Leighton and his racing program since 1999, and we find that the car, the races and especially Leighton, are great attractions for our U.S. distribution and customer base,” said Bob Fayfield, CEO of Banner Engineering. “Most of our customers are engineers, and a trackside or off-site racing event never fails to draw them in large numbers."
“The C-5 Corvette was a great car, but the new C-6 has elevated the Corvette to an even higher level, if that was possible,” Reese said of his expected upgrade for the 2005 season. “I didn’t think that Chevrolet had much room for improvement but they have once again brought America ’s greatest sports car up another notch!”
The Banner Racing team will also have sponsor support from Epic Racing and the Las Vegas BikeFest which is one of the premier motorcycle enthusiast events in the country.
“We are looking forward to being regular visitors to the podium this season,” said Leighton Reese. “I think that the legalization of traction control will be an equalizer this year.”
Reese and crew chief Joe Kantarik plan to build on the experience they have gained both over their many racings together as well as their first season in the World Challenge Series to elevate their game even further.
Reese and Kantarik had very limited experience with both the standing starts and the DOT rated Toyo street tires used in World Challenge racing, but they adjusted to those issues as Reese’s Banner Engineering Corvette was always one of the front running entries in 2004.
“The street tires just don’t have the grip of the slicks we were used to using in the Trans-Am series,” Reese explained. “When you are starting from a standing start it is all too easy to spin the tires into a ball of smoke!”
Banner Engineering Corp. is a Minneapolis Minnesota based company offering the most complete and integrated line of sensing and machine safety products providing just the right sensors for the automation of every type of manufacturing plant designed to improve overall efficiency, quality and safety. Additional information about Banner Engineering can be obtained at www.BannerEngineering.com.