Mexico City: Howard-Boss Motorsports preview

Wallace, Leitzinger Begin "Regular Season" South of the Border THE BOSS snowplow team looking to rebound in Mexico City Denver, NC (February 22, 2006) . It's been almost five weeks since the checkered flag waved to conclude the Rolex 24 At ...

Wallace, Leitzinger Begin "Regular Season" South of the Border
THE BOSS snowplow team looking to rebound in Mexico City

Denver, NC (February 22, 2006) . It's been almost five weeks since the checkered flag waved to conclude the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 2006 season-opening event for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. And, for THE BOSS snowplow team and co-drivers Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger, the second race of the season couldn't come soon enough.

Wallace and Leitzinger teamed with NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart in the #4 BOSS snowplow Pontiac Crawford for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and expectations were high for a podium finish for the "Dream Team". However, several alternator and electrical problems developed during the race that resulted in a 15th-place finish in the Daytona Prototype class. As disappointing as their finish was, it could have been much worse.

The determination of THE BOSS snowplow crew kept the #4 Pontiac Crawford in the race despite their problems. Midway during the endurance race, THE BOSS entry was as low as 46th in the running order. But, persistence paid off as the drivers and team kept working their way back through the field to earn a 15th-place class finish.

"Daytona was a disappointment, but at least we came away with some valuable championship points," Andy Wallace stated. "We're confident that we have the answer to our Daytona problems, so I'm looking forward to a competitive race in Mexico City in our BOSS snowplow Pontiac Crawford."

"We had a horrible weekend at Daytona, but the team has tested since then and we think that we have all the problems worked out," Butch Leitzinger agreed. "We should be back on our usual pace for Mexico City. Fortunately, it's only the beginning of the season, and we have plenty of time to recover in the championship."

The Grand American Rolex Series will be making their second visit to Mexico City after ending the 2005 season there in November. This event will be contested on a slightly different course at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez.

"The different layout should actually be an improvement to the racing," Leitzinger said. "It takes out a section where there was little ability to pass. The final corner should be very challenging, and we will come on the front straight with quite a bit more speed."

"The different course at Mexico will require a modified set-up for gear ratios, downforce, and spring/damper package," Wallace added. "We've been working hard on our bumpy track performance and should be in good shape. The Mexico City track is quite fast, and the new layout will be even faster. Our BOSS Pontiac Crawford works well on the high speed turns, so hopefully we'll be able to challenge for a podium place."

Wallace and Leitzinger competed I the initial Rolex Series event in Mexico last season. Leitzinger teamed with Elliott Forbes-Robinson to finish fifth, while Wallace experienced problems and finished 20th in the DP class. This season, the veteran duo will challenge for the coveted Rolex Series title as teammates.

"Now that Daytona is over, the rest of the year really is an all out sprint," Wallace continued. "The Grand Am Rolex Series is extremely competitive, so only a flat-out approach will win races. Butch (Leitzinger) and I will be doing everything we can to get results for the Howard-Boss Motorsports Team. The championship is very important to us, but it's too early in the year to concentrate on that picture. It's one race at a time, and all our efforts are focused on getting the best result we can in Mexico City." And, it's that focus that will motivate Wallace, Leitzinger, and THE BOSS snowplow team in the second of fourteen races on the 2006 Rolex Series schedule.

The 250-mile Mexico City race at the 2.786 mile, 17-turn course is set for a 3:15 PM start on Saturday, March 4th. The SPEED Channel will provide same day tape delayed coverage of the event beginning at 8 PM ET.

-hbm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Tony Stewart , Butch Leitzinger , Elliott Forbes-Robinson