Second 20 Car pilot Butch Leitzinger's two-hour stint in the Howard Motorsports Jackson Hewitt / Subway Pontiac Crawford went much smoother than lead driver Andy Wallace's fraught opening foray, which included a collision with the "f-ing Ferrari." Leitzinger turned the car over to Tony Stewart just before 6:00 pm EST as twilight settled over Daytona International Speedway.
Asked if the gear lever might be sticky, Leitzinger answered, "Yes, but actually it feels more like the load cell isn't working."
"I might be able to get it replaced," offered Crawford-Wallace. "I'll have to check on that. It's not easy. If we have another problem, we'll do it."
"That Ferrari that hit Andy on the right side." said a crewman.
"It damaged both of the wheels," said Crawford-Wallace. "So it was a pretty good hit."
"It's almost impossible to shift." Leitzinger continued about the shifter problem.
"You really have to grab it," Crawford-Wallace finished the sentence.
"Yeah, I really have to grab it."
"Thank you," said the crew chief.
Footnote: The suspected Bosch ECU harness problem now has cropped up in the Krohn camp - another Pontiac-engined car. No conclusive evidence yet that the problem is marque specific. The next 19 hours might answer that question.