VIR: Howard-Boss No. 4 race report

Late-Race Spin Foils EFR, Leitzinger in VIR 400 BOSS Snowplow Team posts 19th-place finish Alton, VA (October 9, 2005) . The ...

Late-Race Spin Foils EFR, Leitzinger in VIR 400

BOSS Snowplow Team posts 19th-place finish

Alton, VA (October 9, 2005) . The #4 BOSS Snowplow Racing Team had high hopes entering the VIR 400 at the Virginia International Raceway on Sunday afternoon, but a late-race spin resulted in a 19th-place finish.

Running fourth with only fourteen laps remaining, Butch Leitzinger spun exiting turn seventeen after hitting a puddle of standing water on the course. The spin required that the BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford be towed back to the pit area, losing two laps in the process. Leitzinger was able to return to the race in 24th position and was able to gain five positions in the final ten laps.

The annual Grand American Rolex Series race at the Virginia International Raceway is considered a "home game" for the #4 BOSS Snowplow Team. With the Alton, Virginia track less than three hours from the Denver, North Carolina headquarters of Howard-Boss Motorsports, the team and drivers are very familiar with the beautiful 3.27-mile course. And, with many of the Howard- Boss Motorsports and Crawford Race Cars employees on hand, the BOSS Snowplow Team would have plenty of support for your efforts.

After a promoter test day on Thursday, October 6th, inclement weather was the major topic of discussion for the next two days. Limited practice time for the Rolex Series cars on Friday and Saturday made the many laps of testing at VIR that more important for the BOSS Snowplow Team. In fact, the rain was so heavy on Saturday that qualifying for the Daytona Prototype cars was cancelled and the starting grid set by the Grand Am rulebook. With the #4 BOSS Snowplow Team currently third in team owner points, the #4 Pontiac Crawford would start third in the VIR 400.

Elliott Forbes-Robinson drove the first stint of the 74-lap race after and kept the Howard-Boss Motorsports entry in the top five for the majority of his stint before turning the Pontiac Crawford over to Leitzinger on lap 47. With difficult track conditions, a challenging course, and a very competitive field as obstacles, EFR showed he was up to the task and skillfully kept the #4 BOSS Pontiac Crawford in contention. Unfortunately, the hopes for a podium finish ended in turn seventeen on lap 60.

The overall point standings for the Grand American Rolex Series after thirteen of fourteen races finds the #4 BOSS Snowplow Howard-Boss Motorsports Team in third position with 334 points. The #10 Sun Trust Team leads with 407 and the #01 is second with 375. In the all important battle for third, the #4 BOSS Snowplow Team holds a slim six-point advantage over the #66 Krohn Racing Team and 22 over 5th-place #02 Ganassi Team.

The final race of the Grand Am Rolex Series season will be in Mexico City, Mexico on Saturday, November 5th. Speed Channel will provide live coverage of the event.


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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Elliott Forbes-Robinson
Teams Krohn Racing