Wallace To Team With NASCAR Star Stewart at Daytona and Watkins Glen DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 10, 2004) - Howard-Boss Motorsports today announced that road racing ace Andy Wallace will co-drive the No. 20 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac...
Wallace To Team With NASCAR Star Stewart at Daytona and Watkins Glen
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 10, 2004) - Howard-Boss Motorsports today announced that road racing ace Andy Wallace will co-drive the No. 20 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford with NASCAR Nextel Cup star Tony Stewart in the Rolex Sports Car Series Paul Revere 250 presented by Brumos Porsche at Daytona International Speedway on July 1 and the theglen.com 250 at Watkins Glen International on August 13.
The Paul Revere 250 presented by Brumos Porsche will mark the second time this year that Wallace and Stewart have shared a Howard-Boss Motorsports Crawford. They co-drove the No. 2 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Crawford Chevrolet along with current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. and led 355 of 526 laps in the 2004 Rolex 24 At Daytona, only to have a mechanical failure end their race while Stewart was leading within 20 minutes of the checkered flag.
"Tony, Dale and I had a great time racing together at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in February," said Wallace, a 24-year road racing veteran with overall victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 24 Hours of LeMans, and the 12 Hours of Sebring. "It was a great experience for me to drive with these two NASCAR legends, and I relish the opportunity these races provide. The No. 20 CITGO Pontiac Crawford will be going all out to avenge 'the one that got away' back in February."
Stewart, the 2002 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion and 1996-97 Indy Racing League champion, will be making his fourth start in Rolex Sports Car Series competition. His previous best Rolex Sports Car Series result of third in the Daytona Prototype class and fifth overall came in the 2004 Rolex 24 At Daytona. He also drove for Crawford Racing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Paul Revere 250 in 2002. He owns 17 NEXTEL Cup race victories and three Indy Car wins, and has developed a reputation for being extremely versatile and competitive in all forms of racing, including midgets and sprint cars, Indy Cars, stock cars and sports cars.
"The guys who are real racers go racing when they have the opportunity," Stewart said. "I had the opportunity to run the 24-hour race this year and had an absolute blast. It was a lot of fun. We also ran the Paul Revere race before at Daytona. It's nice to do something different every once in a while. It's a very laid back setting that's a really fun event. It brings it back to simpler times and simpler days. The cars are very high-tech and very sophisticated. When it comes time to get in the car, everybody is very serious about what they do. I've got a pretty good racing resume started. Really, the only things that are missing are a Busch Series win and a sports car win. I've come close in both this year, but I've still got some opportunities left. I plan on making the most of them."
The addition of the No. 20 machine will bring the total number of Howard-Boss Motorsports Daytona Prototypes to three, as the team will also field its two regular entries for the events at Daytona and Watkins Glen. Milka Duno will partner with FIA World Sportscar champion Jan Lammers in the No. 2 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford, and Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Butch Leitzinger will share the controls of the No. 4 The Boss Snowplow Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford. The cars are manufactured by Crawford Race Cars, based in Denver, N.C.
"It was extremely exciting for our entire organization when Tony and Dale Jr. drove our No. 2 CITGO Crawford with Andy in the Rolex 24 At Daytona," said manufacturer Max Crawford. "These three men are three of the most competitive and talented racers in motorsports today. Now, we're excited about Andy and Tony teaming for the sequel in the Paul Revere 250. I guess you say, 'the boys are back - at least two of them.'"