Laguna Seca: Howard-Boss Motorsports preview

Wallace, Leitzinger Look West for Initial Podium, ...

Wallace, Leitzinger Look West for Initial Podium, #4 BOSS Snowplow Racing Team has unfinished business at Laguna Seca

Denver, NC . The #4 BOSS Snowplow Racing Team heads west this weekend for round six on the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series schedule, the Road & Track 250. The 250-mile event will be the feature race of the U.S. Sports Car Invitational weekend at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California.

The Road & Track 250 will be the second visit to the 2.238-mile, 11-turn course for the Rolex Series, and the #4 BOSS Snowplow Team from Howard-Boss Motorsports feels as though they have some unfinished business to take car of at the legendary track. One year ago, Butch Leitzinger led 25 laps of the initial event at Laguna Seca, but finished second to Scott Pruett and the #01 Team at the checkered flag. This year, both Leitzinger and teammate Andy Wallace are hungry for their first win of the season, and look toward Laguna Seca as the track where they can accomplish that goal.

After an uncharacteristic slow start to the 2006 Rolex Series season, Wallace and Leitzinger have earned three consecutive trop ten finishes and have begun to climb their way back into the point race. With a ninth and sixth at Virginia International Raceway in their most recent event, the veteran sports car racers now sit eighth in driver points coming into the Road & Track 250. However the veteran duo is still looking for their first podium and initial laps led in the Rolex Series for 2006. Their best finish thus far is fourth at Mexico City and Long Beach.

The Road & Track 250 will be the second of five races this season where a special qualifying race will be held to determine the starting grid. The 30- minute session will also award championship points and give Wallace and Leitzinger an additional opportunity to gain valuable ground on their competitors. It's an opportunity that has Wallace and Leitzinger smiling from ear to ear.

"I really like the Laguna Seca track," Wallace added. "The surrounding area is always nice to visit. It's very difficult to get the car set up for though, and is incredibly slippery with all the sand blowing about. My claim to fame at Laguna is a Pole Position in the dry driving a GT1 Panoz ahead of a whole cast of Prototypes in 1998. My best finishes at Laguna Seca are a second in 1998 and 2001, plus a third in 2005. I'd like to better those marks this weekend in our BOSS Pontiac Crawford.

"Laguna Seca is one of the most beautiful settings for a race course," Leitzinger stated. "I always love to spend time on the Monterey peninsula. The circuit itself is very challenging, and it is very difficult to arrive at the optimum set up for the chassis. The circuit is lined with sand, which blows onto the track and creates a very slippery condition. Last year, we led for much of the race and finished second. I'm confident that the BOSS Snowplow Team will be just as competitive this year."

Practice for the Road & Track 250 will begin on Friday, May 5th, with the 30-minute qualifying race set for 4 PM ET on Saturday, May 6th. The 250- mile, 112-lap Road & Track 250 is set for a 3 PM ET start on Sunday, May 7th. SPEED TV will provide live coverage of the sixth race of the 2006 Rolex Series season beginning at 3 PM ET Sunday.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger