Watkins Glen II: Howard-Boss Motorsports race report

Tough Luck Season Continues for BOSS Snowplow Racing Team at Watkins Glen Handling issues force early exit for Wallace, Leitzinger Watkins Glen, NY (August 11, 2006) . The "tough luck" 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season for the ...

Tough Luck Season Continues for BOSS Snowplow Racing Team at Watkins Glen
Handling issues force early exit for Wallace, Leitzinger

Watkins Glen, NY (August 11, 2006) . The "tough luck" 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season for the #4 BOSS Snowplow Racing Team continued with an 18th- place finish in the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen on Friday evening. The Howard-Boss Motorsports Team has been the victim of several "tough luck" incidents this season that has kept the third-year team from many potential podium finishes. The Crown Royal at The Glen was yet another example of these incidents.

Both Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger have enjoyed success at the Watkins Glen International road course, and the BOSS Snowplow Racing Team entered the second and final race at The Glen for the Grand American Rolex Series this year with high hopes.

After three practice sessions on Thursday, August 10th, Andy Wallace was selected to qualify the #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford. Wallace responded with a fast lap of 1:08.297 / 129.142 mph to earn the ninth starting position in the 26-car field.

Wallace knew that the two-hour "sprint race" would be action-filled and very competitive from the start. He was very cautious when the field charged into turn one on the initial lap, but maintained his ninth running position. The first of six cautions waved on lap three, and Wallace would restart ninth on lap seven. On the restart, the #12 and #19 cars spun in turn one, and Wallace has to take evasive action and drive to the outside of the spinning cars to avoid the accident. In all, ten of the first fifteen laps were run under caution.

From the restart on lap 16 until the caution on lap 32, Wallace would battle the #3 and #58 carts for the fifth position. The three cars raced in a tight group, but neither could manage a pass on the other two. When the #77 and #8 crashed on lap 32, Wallace came to pit road in the seventh position.

After the BOSS Snowplow crew serviced their Pontiac Crawford, Butch Leitzinger climbed aboard to begin his stint in the event. However, Leitzinger got blocked in his pit and lost several positions on the track. The veteran road racer restarted tenth, but quickly moved to eighth by lap 38. He would maintain his eighth position until lap 55.

Racing in a tight group for track position, Leitzinger made a move inside the #60 car in turn 11. Leitzinger was forced into the "ripple strips" on the inside of the course, and the BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford made contact with the inside retaining barrier. Leitzinger brought the car to pit road to the attention of the BOSS Snowplow crew. After inspection, Leitzinger returned to the race in the 18th position.

However, the excitement was not over for Leitzinger. When he entered the "interloop" section of the backstretch, the handling issues resulted in a spin into the gravel trap. The evening was over for the Howard-Boss Motorsports Team, and their "tough luck" season continued. Completing a total of 57 laps, the #4 BOSS Snowplow Team was credited with an 18th-place finish.

"The car was actually pretty good at the beginning of the race," Wallace said. "We had several issues during the weekend, but the crew worked very hard addressing them. It's just discouraging when another unfortunate incident ends your race. However, I look for our BOSS Snowplow Team to battle back and be a contender at both Infineon and Miller to close the season."

The Rolex Series takes a week off before returning to action at the Infineon Raceway near Sears Point, California on Saturday, August 26th. Practice and qualifying will begin on Thursday, August 24th, with the 250- mile race set for a 6 p.m. ET start on the 26th. The Rolex Series will then travel to the new Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah for the nine-hour 2006 season finale. And, with both Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger having competed at both of these two tracks recently in ALMS events, the BOSS Snowplow Team looks to take advantage of their experience and end the season with two strong performances. SPEED TV will provide coverage of both the Infineon and Miller races.

-credit: hbm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger