Watkins Glen Holds Special Meaning for Wallace, Stewart ...
Watkins Glen Holds Special Meaning for Wallace, Stewart
#20 CITGO Racing Team to promote awareness of Muscular Dystrophy Association
Denver, NC (August 5, 2005) ... When the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series rolls into Watkins Glen International for the Comp USA 200 at The Glen, the weekend will have a special meaning for the members of the #20 CITGO Racing Team. For the second consecutive race, the CITGO Racing Team will display a special paint scheme celebrating their 20th anniversary as a corporate sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
At Barber Motorsports Park on July 31st, Andy Wallace and Milka Duno piloted the CITGO / MDA Pontiac Crawford in the Porsche 250, the first race with the special paint scheme. For the Comp USA 200, Wallace will team with NASCAR star Tony Stewart in the #20 CITGO / MDA Pontiac from the Howard-Boss Motorsports stable.
The CITGO Racing Team will also have a special guest for the Comp USA 200 at The Glen. Nicholas Patte, the 12-year old MDA Goodwill Ambassador for the South Central New York Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy, will attend the event with his parents and local MDA representatives. As the MDA's Goodwill Ambassador, Nicholas makes public appearances throughout the community to encourage volunteers in the Association's year-round educational and fund-raising campaigns.
A 6th grade student at Dryden Elementary School in Ithaca, New York, Nicholas was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) when he was almost two years old. DMD is one of the forty-three neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA's research and care programs.
At Watkins Glen, Wallace and Stewart will team for the third time this season in the CITGO Pontiac Crawford. At the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, the talented duo teamed with Jan Lammers to lead a total of 238 laps in route to a 3rd-place finish. In the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway on June 30th, Wallace and Stewart posted an 18th-place finish in class after an early-race incident with a slower GT car took them out of contention.
"I'm looking forward to Watkins Glen and teaming with Andy Wallace and driving for the Crawfords," Stewart commented. "With CITGO celebrating the 20th anniversary of their association with MDA, this race will have special meaning for everyone on the Howard-Boss Motorsports team."
"I'm looking forward to teaming with Tony Stewart again," Wallace added. "We've had some great races together, but haven't quite managed to find our way to the top step in victory circle. Watkins Glen is one of America's classic historical tracks and one I always enjoy."
"We a tough time at our last visit back in June (to Watkins Glen) when a new specification Hoosier tire was introduced, but we've made a number of set-up improvements since then and should have a really fast car this time," Wallace added. "The Howard-Boss Pontiac Crawfords normally excel on high-speed race tracks like The Glen, so we will be looking to give our CITGO / MDA and BOSS Snowplow guests a day to remember."
The Comp USA 200 at The Glen is the ninth race on the 14-race Rolex Sports Car Series schedule for 2005. Practice and qualifying will be held on Thursday, August 11th. The 200-mile, 82-lap event is set for a 6 p.m. ET start on Friday, August 12th. Speed Channel will provide same-day taped television coverage of the Comp USA 200 beginning at 8 p.m. ET.