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Wallace and Leitzinger Hope "Valley of the Sun" Shines Brightly on BOSS Snowplow Team It's back to the "roval" for Howard-Boss Motorsports Denver, NC. The Grand American Rolex Series visits the Phoenix International Raceway this weekend for...

Wallace and Leitzinger Hope "Valley of the Sun" Shines Brightly on BOSS Snowplow Team

It's back to the "roval" for Howard-Boss Motorsports

Denver, NC. The Grand American Rolex Series visits the Phoenix International Raceway this weekend for the Gainsco Grand Prix, the seventh race on the 2006 schedule. And, for the first time since the Series raced at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 25th, the Rolex Series will compete on a "roval", a combination of road course and oval track.

The BOSS Snowplow Racing Team returns to PIR with revenge on their minds. Last year, Butch Leitzinger led 31 laps of the 250-mile event before getting spun late in the race. Leitzinger held on to finish third, but the Howard-Boss Motorsports Team feels as though they had a win taken away from them by the late contact. And, the third-year team would like nothing better than earn their first victory of the 2006 Rolex Series season in the "Valley of the Sun".

The Gainsco Grand Prix will be the third straight Rolex Series race where a 30-minute qualifying race will be held to determine the starting grid. With these qualifying events also "points paying" races, the opportunity to make up ground in the overall Rolex Series standings presents itself with two solid performances. Currently, the BOSS Snowplow Team from Howard-Boss Motorsports ranks eighth with 173 points. However, positions four through eight are separated by only ten points entering the Gainsco Grand Prix weekend.

This weekend will be a very busy one for the co-drivers of the #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford. Butch Leitzinger will be in Phoenix on Thursday to practice the car, then travel to Houston, Texas for an American Le Mans Series race on Friday evening. The veteran racer will rejoin teammate Andy Wallace in Phoenix on Saturday for the 250-mile race. Wallace will split practice with Leitzinger on Thursday, and compete in the qualifying race for the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype cars on Friday. With both drivers very familiar with the Phoenix roval, their expectations for the Gainsco Grand Prix are high.

"The Phoenix course is a short one, only a little over 1.5-miles total, with tight corners in the road course and a fast, high-speed turn on the banking," Wallace commented. "The BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford is a very aerodynamic car that really does great on the banking of the oval. Plus, our car is so good under braking. That will work to our advantage as well. I'm excited about this weekend and our chances at Phoenix."

"The Crawford has showed that it is well suited for the 'rovals', so very looking forward to a good showing this weekend," Leitzinger commented. "We have always done well in the high speed turns, as well as under braking, and I think that Phoenix is a circuit where we will be able to exploit these traits."

-hbm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger