Wallace, Leitzinger Seek Rolex Series Championship with Howard-Boss Motorsports Veteran duo to drive ...
Wallace, Leitzinger Seek Rolex Series Championship with Howard-Boss Motorsports
Veteran duo to drive #4 Pontiac Crawford
Denver, NC (January 3, 2006) . Two veteran sports car racers will team to compete for the coveted Grand American Rolex Series Championship in 2006. Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger will drive the #4 Pontiac Crawford for Howard-Boss Motorsports in all fourteen Rolex Series events on the 2006 schedule.
Both drivers have piloted the DP03 Pontiac Crawford for Denver, North Carolina-based Howard-Boss Motorsports since the beginning of the 2004 season. While Wallace has teamed with top-flight competitors such as veteran road racer Jan Lammers, NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart, and NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. in selected events, he relishes the opportunity to drive with an exceptionally talented teammate for the entire 2006 Rolex Series season. Leitzinger has teamed with Elliott Forbes- Robinson (EFR) in the #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford for Howard-Boss Motorsports with NASCAR superstar Jimmie Johnson joining the duo for the past two Rolex 24 At Daytona races.
Englishman Wallace has earned Rolex Series victories at Mont-Tremblant Quebec Canada and twice at the Homestead-Miami Speedway the past two years. His victory at Homestead on February 28, 2004 was the first for Howard-Boss Motorsports and the Crawford DP03 in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. In addition to his three wins, Wallace has scored eight podium (top three), eleven top-five, and seventeen top-ten finishes in twenty-six Rolex Series races for Howard-Boss Motorsports. Wallace also serves as the test and development driver for Crawford Race Cars, manufacturer of the DP03.
"I'm extremely excited about co-driving with Butch (Leitzinger) this year in the Rolex Series," Wallace commented. "Howard-Boss Motorsports has always given me a fast reliable car to drive, and we've had some great races together over the past two seasons. Each year the level of competition gets stronger, and in order to continue to win races, you have to put the best possible package together."
"Butch is one of the best sports car drivers around," Wallace continued. "We have driven together before at Panoz, GM Racing, Team Bentley, and Dyson Racing with great success, but we've never driven together all season long going for a Championship. 2006 gives us that opportunity, and I'm really looking forward to a fantastic year racing in the #4 Pontiac Crawford DP03. Everyone back at the shop is hungry for success."
Leitzinger, a resident of Rebersburg, Pennsylvania, also has three wins for Howard-Boss Motorsports in the past two years. Teaming with EFR, the talented duo captured wins at Barber Motorsports Park in October, 2004, and the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona and the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid- Ohio Sports Car Course last season. In twenty-five career races with Howard- Boss Motorsports, Leitzinger has finished second four times and posted sixteen top-five and seventeen top-ten finishes.
"I've driven with and against Andy (Wallace) for over ten years, and I'm much happier to have him on my side," Leitzinger stated. "He is one of those drivers that when he is in your rear view mirror, you can actually see the steam coming out of his ears he is so determined to get by. I'm sure that with Andy, and all of the developments that we have made to the car, that we will be contending for wins and the championship this year."
"With the talented Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger driving the Dave Brule- owned #4 Boss Snowplow Pontiac Crawford, we look to bring a Rolex Series Championship for the Howard Motorsports team," Rick Howard, President of Howard Motorsports LLC added. "Our cars have finished third in the overall championship the past two years, and we're very proud. Our expectations are to be on the top of the podium at the end of the season."
The #4 Howard Motorsports Team will kickoff the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car series with the Rolex 24 At Daytona at the Daytona International Speedway on January 28th. Wallace and Leitzinger will team with two-time and defending Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart in the #4 Pontiac Crawford in the twice around the clock endurance event. Wallace and Leitzinger have each won the Rolex 24 three times, twice ('97, & '99) as teammates. Leitzinger finished second and Wallace third in the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona driving the #4 and #2 Howard Motorsports Pontiac Crawfords. The "dynamic duo" certainly ranks among the favorites for the Grand American Rolex series Championship in 2006 and, in Wallace's own words, "The Rolex 24 At Daytona can't come soon enough".