Mid-Ohio: Howard-Boss Motorsports preview

BOSS Snowplow Racing Team Looks to Repeat in EMCO Gears Classic Late-race pass gave Leitzinger victory in '05 event Denver, NC It was one of the most exciting late-race passes of the entire 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season.

BOSS Snowplow Racing Team Looks to Repeat in EMCO Gears Classic

Late-race pass gave Leitzinger victory in '05 event

Denver, NC It was one of the most exciting late-race passes of the entire 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season. Butch Leitzinger, driving the #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford, charged past Scott Pruett entering turn one with eight laps remaining to take the lead and held on to win the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Course last August. This season, the third-year team from Howard-Boss Motorsports is looking to repeat that excitement on June 24th.

The victory at Mid-Ohio last year propelled the BOSS Snowplow Team to third in the overall team and driver standings in the competitive Rolex Sports Car Series. This year, several things have changed about the #4 BOSS team, but the intensity and desire to win are still evident. Howard-Boss Motorsports fields only one fulltime Rolex Series team in 2006 with Andy Wallace joining Butch Leitzinger in the #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford. The veteran duo was among the preseason favorites to capture the prestigious Rolex Series championship, but several problems in the early races have hurt their overall chances. However, when you look at the favorites for the EMCO Gears Classic, Wallace, Leitzinger, and the #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford have to rank at the top of the list.

"The Mid-Ohio Road Racing Course is a track that I really enjoy racing," Wallace stated. "It's a great layout with elevation change. I won there (Mid-Ohio) in 1999, finished second three times (twice in 2004, once in 2005), and third twice (1998 & 2000). The BOSS Snowplow Team did a great job at Mid-Ohio last year, and I'm hoping that we can do it again this year."

Teammate Butch Leitzinger certainly knows the challenge that the Mid-Ohio Road Course presents.

"Mid-Ohio is a very frantic track," Leitzinger commented. "There's never a moment to rest on the circuit. The 'Madness' section of the circuit is especially challenging. If you make a mistake in one corner, you are penalized for the next one or two corners as well. Mid Ohio is a circuit that rewards experience, which I suppose is a reason that I've done well there. I live only a few hours East, and have raced and tested at Mid Ohio for over fifteen years."

With experience and previous success on their side, Andy Wallace, Butch Leitzinger, and the #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford will certainly bear watching when practice opens for the EMCO Gears Classic on June 23rd. After all, they know their way to Victory Lane, the cherished real estate that they visited less than one year ago.

-hbm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger , Scott Pruett