Daytona II: Howard-Boss Motorsports race report

Early Problems Foil BOSS Snowplow Team in Brumos Porsche 250 Chance for repeat victory suffers setback Daytona Beach, FL . The Daytona International Speedway and Howard-Boss Motorsports have a "love-hate" relationship....

Early Problems Foil BOSS Snowplow Team in Brumos Porsche 250
Chance for repeat victory suffers setback

Daytona Beach, FL . The Daytona International Speedway and Howard-Boss Motorsports have a "love-hate" relationship. With a victory in the 2005 Brumos Porsche 250 and several podium finishes in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the past three years, Howard-Boss Motorsports has grown to love the 3.56- mile Daytona course. However, the two Rolex Series races at DIS in 2006 have been anything but kind to the third-year team.

Various problems plaqued the BOSS Snowplow Team during the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona that resulted in a 15th-place finish in the Daytona Prototype Class. Returning to Daytona for the annual Brumos Porsche 250 as defending race champions, the #4 BOSS Snowplow Team hoped that they left all their bad luck at Daytona in January. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

The Brumos Porsche 250 is a "one-day show" for the Rolex Series with practice, qualifying, and the 250-mile race scheduled for the same day. The day began normally with a full practice session for the Daytona Prototype cars early in the morning. However, technical difficulties in the communication between race control and track safety officials resulted in cancellation of the 11:30 AM practice session as well as qualifying. Instead, a 15-minute practice session was held shortly after noon and the starting grid was set by team points. Therefore, the #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford would start ninth in the 47-car field.

Andy Wallace was tabbed to start the Brumos Porsche 250 for the BOSS Snowplow Team. Two laps into the 70-lap event, a three car accident in turn three brought out the full-course caution flag. After three laps under what turned out to be the only caution of the 70-lap event, Wallace restarted in the 12th position. Three laps later, Wallace would narrowly avoid an accident as the #89 car ran off course into the dirt in the bus stop area of the backstretch. Wallace had to take evasive action and drive through the grass to avoid making contact with several other prototypes. The veteran would continue unharmed and race his way into the top ten by lap 19.

However, Wallace slowed on lap 20 with heavy smoke showing from the left front of his Pontiac Crawford. He ran very slowly on the apron of the track until he reached the pits one lap later. After a thorough inspection by the crew on pit road, the #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford was pushed behind the wall for repairs to the left front suspension.

Butch Leitzinger would take control of the Howard-Boss Motorsports entry when the car returned to the race on lap 31. Although many laps down, Leitzinger would run very competitive lap times and gain several overall positions before the end of the event. At the checkered flag, Leitzinger brought the BOSS Pontiac Crawford home in the 38th position overall and 24th position in the Daytona Prototype Class.

The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series will return to action on July 30th at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama. The Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant is set for a 3 PM ET start and will be televised live on SPEED TV.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger