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The BOSS Snowplow Racing Team Begins Final Month of 2006 Season at Barber Motorsports Park Challenging track first of four races in 35 days for Rolex Series Denver, N.C. (July 25, 2006) . When the green flag waves on Sunday, July 30th at...

The BOSS Snowplow Racing Team Begins Final Month of 2006 Season at Barber Motorsports Park

Challenging track first of four races in 35 days for Rolex Series

Denver, N.C. (July 25, 2006) . When the green flag waves on Sunday, July 30th at Barber Motorsports Park to start the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, it will have been thirty days since the Grand American Rolex Series saw the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway for the Brumos Porsche 250. But, it's been anything but a three-week vacation for the #4 BOSS Snowplow Racing Team.

An intense two-day test session and many late nights at their Denver, North Carolina shop have built high hopes for the third-year Howard-Boss Motorsports Team going into their annual visit to the 2.38-mile, 16-turn Barber Motorsports Park. Co-drivers Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger echoed the thoughts of their team as they prepare for this weekend and enter the final month of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Series schedule.

"The landscaping around the track is beautiful, and Barber Motorsports Park has good facilities for the teams," Wallace stated. "Barber is a smooth track and a very safe track to run. We (Howard-Boss Motorsports) won there (Barber) two years ago with Butch (Leitzinger) and EFR (Elliott Forbes- Robinson) driving the BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford, so we know the car runs well there and we know our way to winners circle. We race at Barber in the summer, which means it's extremely hot. However, I like the heat and the Crawford car is well ventilated, which makes for a nice race."

When Leitzinger and EFR pulled into victory lane at Barber in October, 2004, it was the first career Rolex Sports Car Series win for the #4 BOSS Snowplow Team. This weekend, Leitzinger returns to the Alabama course looking to repeat his winning performance.

"I like racing at Barber because there is always a great crowd," Leitzinger added. "The fans are amazing, and each year the fan base continues to grow. It's nice to see that the track is bringing new fans to the sport and to the Grand American Rolex Series. The landscaping at Barber is really beautiful. The track doesn't have grandstands like other tracks, and they have done an amazing job to preserve the natural landscaping. It's a facility where families can come to the track, set up a picnic, and enjoy the great racing that takes place at Barber." The veteran sports car ace also knows the challenges that lie ahead this weekend.

"Barber is a challenging track," Leitzinger concluded. "There are not a lot of places to pass, so it makes for skilled, precision driving. Sometimes it ends up being like Bristol (Motor Speedway) because there can be a ton of contact between the cars as drivers try to pass and gain position. When mixed with the heat in summer, the combination caused frayed nerves."

Both Wallace and Leitzinger hope that, this weekend, the only "frayed nerves" are from their competitors as they chase the #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford around the picturesque Barber course. And, if so, it will be another triumphant afternoon for Howard-Boss Motorsports.

The Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant is set for a 3 p.m. ET start on Sunday, July 30th. Live coverage of the 11th Rolex Series race of the season will be provided by SPEED Channel. Following Barber, the Grand American Rolex Series will journey to Watkins Glen (NY) for a two-hour race on Friday, August 11th, and close the season with races at Infineon Raceway (CA) on August 26th and Miller Motorsports Park (UT) on September 2nd.

-hbm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger