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BOSS Snowplow Team Carries Momentum to Season Finale Miller Motorsports Park Readies for Rolex Series Debut Denver, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2006) . Fresh off their first podium finish of the season last week at Infineon Raceway, Andy Wallace and ...

BOSS Snowplow Team Carries Momentum to Season Finale

Miller Motorsports Park Readies for Rolex Series Debut

Denver, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2006) . Fresh off their first podium finish of the season last week at Infineon Raceway, Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger travel to Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah for the Discount Tire Sun Chaser 9 Hour Rolex Series race this Saturday, September 2nd. The second-place finish in the Sonoma 250 was the best performance for the BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford team this season, and gives the entire Howard-Boss Motorsports organization momentum heading into the final event of the 2006 season.

The 4.5-mile, 24-turn Miller Motorsports Park will be hosting the Grand American Rolex Series for the first time this weekend, but many of the competitors have driven on the course in an American Le Mans Series (ALMS) event held earlier this season on the Tooele, Utah track. BOSS Snowplow drivers Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger are two of the competitors who have experience on the new course. Butch Leitzinger, who teamed with James Weaver in the Dyson Racing Lola, qualified and finished third in the July event. Andy Wallace, who co-drove the Highcroft Racing Lola with Duncan Dayton, qualified sixth and finished seventh. Both feel as though their previous experience at Miller Motorsports Park will be an asset this week.

"Miller (Motorsports Park) is a difficult track to learn" Wallace noted. "It's so long, and it has four really quick corners. There'll be lots of passing, especially with all the GT cars in the race. The track is basically 'featureless', and that makes it hard to negotiate. Sure there are markers leading up to the turns, but it's still very difficult. With 24 corners, handling will be a premium. But, you can't underestimate the importance of horsepower for the long straight. Miller is a beautiful facility with first-class everything."

"Having a race there (Miller) under my belt should really help me," Wallace continued. "Knowing what I now know about the course should play to my advantage this weekend. I'm glad that I'm not going there to race this week without having some prior experience on this course. It's that tough!"

"You'd think that Miller would be good for fifty cars racing together," Leitzinger added. "But, there aren't that many places to pass on this course. There'll be lots of cars in the way, and you'll be very busy. We'll probably be 'tripping over' traffic all weekend. The track has very few reference points, which makes it very difficult. At night, it will be extremely tough."

"I do think that Andy (Wallace) and I will feel much better on the course having competed here earlier this summer," Leitzinger stated. "Practice time will be very valuable, and I'm sure everyone will take full advantage of every session."

-credit: hbm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Duncan Dayton , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver
Teams Dyson Racing