Homestead: Howard-Boss Motorsports preview

It's "Home Sweet Homestead" for Howard-Boss Motorsports Two wins, three podiums for veteran duo at Florida track Denver, N.C. (March 20, 2006) . When the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series schedule was released, the first thing the...

It's "Home Sweet Homestead" for Howard-Boss Motorsports

Two wins, three podiums for veteran duo at Florida track

Denver, N.C. (March 20, 2006) . When the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series schedule was released, the first thing the #4 BOSS Snowplow Team from Howard-Boss Motorsports did was circle the date for the Homestead- Miami Speedway event. Now, two months and two races into that 2006 schedule, the Rolex Series rolls into the 2.3-mile, 11-turn road course for the Grand Prix of Miami. And, the third-year team from Denver, North Carolina couldn't be happier.

It's easy to understand the high hopes of the #4 BOSS Snowplow Team entering the Grand Prix of Miami when you examine the record of their co- drivers at Homestead. Andy Wallace swept both Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2004 in the #2 Pontiac Crawford, and Butch Leitzinger finished second in the 2005 Grand Prix of Miami in the #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford. Two wins and a second in the last three Rolex Series races at Homestead is a very impressive record.

"The Crawford chassis has always been quick at Homestead," Andy Wallace stated. "So, straight away, we should be at a better level than we were at Daytona or Mexico. When we (#4 BOSS Snowplow Team) were testing there (Homestead) last December, we set the fastest time of the test, so I am looking forward to returning now for the race. When we get to Homestead this time, we'll have some new shocks on the back that really 'stables' the car up."

If it sounds as though Wallace is optimistic about the Grand Prix of Miami this week, teammate Butch Leitzinger sounds like an echo.

"Historically, Homestead has been a place where the Crawford has done very well," Leitzinger added. "It seems to like the high banks of the speedway. The test went very well there last December with Andy (Wallace) the fastest during that test. So, hopefully we can start to get some momentum. We had a good race in Mexico, so we can continue that and start galloping toward getting some more points."

The #4 BOSS Snowplow Team is currently tied for fifth in the overall Rolex Series points after the first two races of the 2006 season. With a 15th- place and 4th-place finish in class at Daytona and Mexico, Wallace and Leitzinger will be looking for their first podium of the season. And, if history repeats itself, they'll get it this Saturday in the Grand Prix of Miami.

The Grand Prix of Miami is set for a 6:30 PM EST start on Saturday, March 25th. Speed will televise the third race of the 2006 Rolex Series season on a same-day tape delay basis beginning at 8 PM EST.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger