VIR: Howard-Boss Motorsports #4 car preview

BOSS Snowplow Racing Team Looking to Regain Momentum EFR, Leitzinger hoping for podium finish in points Denver, N.C. . If you're looking for a team on a "mission" at the Virginia International Raceway this weekend,...

BOSS Snowplow Racing Team Looking to Regain Momentum

EFR, Leitzinger hoping for podium finish in points

Denver, N.C. . If you're looking for a team on a "mission" at the Virginia International Raceway this weekend, look no further than the #4 BOSS Snowplow Racing Team. Co-drivers Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Butch Leitzinger will be out to regain the momentum that has carried their team to a third-place position in the Rolex Sports Car Series driver and team point standings entering the VIR 400.

A contender for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car series title after ten races, EFR and Leitzinger had their championship hopes derailed at Phoenix and Watkins Glen. At Phoenix, Leitzinger lead 31 laps and was on his way to victory when contact by the second-place car resulted in a spin. The veteran competitor was able to rebound and finish third, but the frustration of a win denied was obvious throughout the BOSS Snowplow team.

At Watkins Glen in the last race prior to the VIR 400, the action was similar, but the result much worse. On a restart after a caution on lap 43, Leitzinger was running fifth as the cars exited turn one. The car driven by Max Papis suddenly swerved right and made contact with the BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford. The contact sent Leitzinger off course, knocked the front nose section off the car, and caused tire, wheel, and suspension damage. After a visit behind pit wall for repairs, Leitzinger was able to rejoin the race and finish 15th in the Daytona Prototype class. A potential podium finish dashed by contact from a competitor.

However, the BOSS Snowplow Team has kept their heads high as they prepare for their annual visit to beautiful Virginia International Raceway. Located less than three hours from Howard-Boss Motorsports headquarters in Denver, North Carolina, the Virginia track is considered the "home course" for the second-year team. And, with good reason. It's the closest track on the Rolex Series schedule for Howard-Boss Motorsports and a course where the team has turned many laps testing their Pontiac Crawford.

"We get to try a lot of different things when we test at VIR which really helps us, not only for there, but for other tracks as well," EFR commented. "It's one of the prettiest and nicest facilities anywhere. VIR is such a neat track that flows with slow, tight, and fast turns, as well as high speed straights. It has everything."

"VIR poses a tough challenge for a driver because there's a lot of high- speed corners that are critical," EFR added. "It's a track where you have to do everything right. At the same time, it's one of the most enjoyable tracks to drive on the Rolex Series circuit."

"I always look forward to racing at VIR," Leitzinger stated. "It's a picturesque and challenging course that provides a great race for the fans. It's a 'home game' for our team, so we'll have Howard-Boss Motorsports employees, family, and friends supporting us this weekend. We've had a couple of issues in the last two races that have kept us from a potential win and podium finish, so we're looking to regain our momentum at VIR."

Entering the VIR 400, the #4 BOSS Snowplow Team has 317 points to stand third in the overall Rolex Series points. With two races remaining on the 2005 Rolex Series schedule, the margin is only nine over fourth-place Krohn Racing in the battle for the final podium position in the season-long point race. EFR and Leitzinger also rank third in driver points with a nine point margin over Jorg Burgmeister.

With a pair of veteran drivers piloting their Pontiac Crawford, the BOSS Snowplow Racing Team carries high hopes to Virginia International Raceway and the VIR 400. The battle for positioning in the points is very close and competitive, but it's a battle the BOSS Snowplow Racing Team expects to win.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis