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BOSS Snowplow Team Set for Mexico Season Finale EFR, Leitzinger looking for driver, team podium points finish Denver, NC (October 25, 2005) . When the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series makes its first ever visit to Mexico ...

BOSS Snowplow Team Set for Mexico Season Finale
EFR, Leitzinger looking for driver, team podium points finish

Denver, NC (October 25, 2005) . When the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series makes its first ever visit to Mexico City, Mexico and the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the #4 BOSS Snowplow Racing Team will be set to accept the challenge. A challenge that is twofold.

Entering the season finale for the Rolex Series, Elliott Forbes-Robinson (EFR) and Butch Leitzinger rank third in the overall driver point standings with 334 points. They hold a six point advantage over fourth-place Jorg Burgmeister and 22 over fifth-place Stefan Johanasson and Cort Wagner. EFR and Leitzinger trail second-place Luis Diaz and Scott Pruett by 41 points. In the team standings, the #4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Team also holds a six point lead over fourth-place #66 Krohn Racing and 22 over the fifth-place #02 New Century Ganassi Team entering Mexico. The BOSS Snowplow Team trails the second-place #01 Ganassi Team by 41 points. Maintaining their position to earn the final podium position in driver and team points at the annual Rolex Series Awards Banquet is challenge number one.

Challenge number two is the race course. The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is a 2.786-mile, 18-turn permanent road course that will provide a difficult challenge for the Rolex Series competitors. For many, this event will be their first race on this course. With no prior testing for this event, the limited practice sessions on Friday and Saturday prior to the race will be very important.

"Mexico should be an exciting race, as the championship has not been decided and none of us have raced, or as far as I know even tested there," Leitzinger commented. "I've seen the crowds that they get for the Champ Car race in years past, and it will be great to race before such an enthusiastic crowd. Our BOSS Snowplow team is in a tight race for third position in the championship, so we will be going flat out to secure that."

"It's been a long time since I ran in Mexico City," EFR added. "I think the last time I ran there was about the middle 1970s in a Ford Fairlane celebrity race. I raced there the first time in 1974 in a Porsche Carrera and a VW SuperVee formula car. I finished 7th in the Porsche and won the SuperVee race. They have made changes to the track since then, but I am looking forward to driving it again. There are some very interesting parts of the track that were fun to drive. This car will be faster than the others I have driven there and could more of a challenge."

Challenge seems to be the key word for the inaugural Rolex Series race at Mexico City. From the driver and team point races to the race course itself, the #4 BOSS Snowplow Team is set to tackle the challenges presented by the first ever visit to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. An historic victory and podium finish in the overall point race are in their sight. And, the picture looks very bright.

The 250-mile, 90-lap race is set for a 3 PM ET start on Saturday, November 5th. Speed Channel will provide live coverage of the final Rolex Series race of the season and first in Mexico City.

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