Skip Barber Alum Peter Boss to Drive in the Rolex 24 Barber Dodge Pro Series Driver Peter Boss will be taking part in this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona alongside a couple of fellow Skip Barber alums, Barry Waddell and Tom Volk for TRV...
Skip Barber Alum Peter Boss to Drive in the Rolex 24
Barber Dodge Pro Series Driver Peter Boss will be taking part in this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona alongside a couple of fellow Skip Barber alums, Barry Waddell and Tom Volk for TRV Motorsport in a Riley & Scott Chevy sports racer (formerly World Sports Car).
The Rolex 24 will be Boss' first competitive taste of both endurance racing and of the powerful open-top Riley & Scott Chevy. He took part in a successful test at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Ga. early last December, duly impressing team owner Volk.
"The car was a lot of fun to drive," Boss, 24, said. "It takes a little getting used to, But it's very easy to drive when you get used to it. The hardest thing to get used to was the power steering and the braking characteristics of the car. Handling wise the car was superb. I got to drive around 40 to 50 laps over the course of the two days."
"The team had the car prepped so it was easy to drive; the hardest part was maintaining the rev limits that they instructed us to keep," Boss continued. "It was very tempting to go faster, but it's vital to follow instructions to save equipment like we'll have to do at the Rolex 24."
Boss, a Skip Barber Three Day Racing School graduate in 1993, began his racing career in the Skip Barber Race Series where he garnered 14 wins in 72 starts culminating in a Southern Series Championship in 1999 (co-champion along with Brian Rivera). His Barber Dodge Pro Series career started in 1998 and in 1999 nine top-10 finishes including two podiums and a pole at Mid-Ohio, saw him finish eighth in the overall standings. He returns to the Pro Series in 2000, hoping to vie for the title.
"We sent Peter out on cold tires on a cold track," Volk commented, "Because those are the kinds of things (he'll) face and (he) did a great job. (He) ran consistently and never put a wheel wrong."
Joining Boss will be Barry Waddell, himself a former Barber Pro Series race winner and currently a Barber Dodge Pro Series driver coach and test driver. Waddell will be the most experienced member of the four-man squad, which will also include R.J. Valentine as well as owner Volk. Waddell has two third-place finishes at the Rolex 24 in 1996 and '97 as well as a third-place finish at the '97 12 Hours of Sebring.
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