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BANNER RACING TAKES FIRST
ROLEX SERIES GT VICTORY IN
GRAND-AM GT CLASSIC AT LIME ROCK PARK

6-1-07
By: Paula Nate
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 28, 2007) - No. 06 Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R co-drivers Leighton Reese and Tim Lewis Jr. picked up the first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve GT victory for themselves, the Banner Racing team and the new Pontiac GXP.R in Monday's Grand-Am GT Classic at Lime Rock Park.

Lewis claimed the lead from Patrick Long in Synergy Racing's No. 81 EMC Mechanical/Gamewell Mechanical Porsche GT3 on Lap 94 of the 139-lap race and pulled away from the field following restarts on Laps 100 and 111 to win by 6.507 seconds.

"The guys at Banner did a great job today," Lewis said. "The car was as good in the race as it was in practice. Leighton kept it at the front the whole beginning of the race and that put the pressure on me. On the restart I was able to maintain the lead and run consistent lap times. The engineers and the crew really worked to get us a good racecar all through practice and it paid off. The weather conditions were the same as we practiced under and the car was right there the whole race. Great to get my first win in the series and thanks to Leighton and the crew for giving me the opportunity."

Finishing second were Bryce Miller and Dirk Werner in the No. 87 Marquis Jet/IPC/Recaro Porsche GT3 for the Danbury, Conn.-based Farnbacher Loles Motorsports. It was the fourth consecutive podium result for Miller and Werner and the fifth straight top-four performance.

"As I said at the last race, our goal is to win the championship for Farnbacher Loles," Werner said. "We drove fairly conservative at the beginning of the race, and Bryce was setting very fast times, some even faster than the leading car. In the end, we were a little lucky because we got to pick up the end of the field because of the wave-by. Still, the car was good at the end, and that was our biggest advantage. I'm happy because there were so many guests this weekend that have supported us. We gave back to them what all they've given to us so far."

Eric Lux and Wolf Henzler filled out the podium with a third-place showing in the No. 74 Rembrandt Charms/Tafel Racing Porsche GT3. It was the team's first podium result of the season and matched the career-best Rolex Series result for 19-year-old, Eric Lux.

After starting third, Kelly Collins and No. 07 Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R co-driver Paul Edwards came home fourth. Collins led seven laps during his stint before turning the car over to Edwards, who overcame a penalty for avoidable contact to preserve the team's third top-four result of the season. Collins and Edwards are now within nine points of the GT points leaders with seven races remaining on the schedule.

Hoosier will head back east for the next Grand American Rolex Series event, Watkins Glen, New York, June 9th, for the Sahlenís Six Hours at the Glen 2007.

For more information about the Grand American Road Racing Series please visit www.grand-am.com

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