Watkins Glen III: Howard-Boss No. 4 car race report

BOSS Snowplow Racing Team Gets "Papisized" in Crown Royal 250 Late-race incident foils promising podium finish Watkins Glen, NY (September 24, 2005) . What looked to be a very promising podium finish for the ...

BOSS Snowplow Racing Team Gets "Papisized" in Crown Royal 250
Late-race incident foils promising podium finish

Watkins Glen, NY (September 24, 2005) . What looked to be a very promising podium finish for the #4 BOSS Snowplow Racing Team Saturday afternoon in the Crown Royal 250 ended when Butch Leitzinger got "Papisized" on lap 43 of the 66-lap event. The result was a disappointing 20th-place finish in the third and final visit for the Rolex Series to the historic New York road course in 2005.

As the field exited turn one after a restart on lap 43, Leitzinger, running in the fifth position, made a move inside the #66 Krohn Racing Pontiac driven by Max Papis. Papis, who had drifted wide entering the turn, made a daring move in an attempt to block Leitzinger and slammed into the left side of the #4 BOSS Pontiac Crawford. The contact sent Leitzinger off course briefly and knocked the front nose section completely off the car. With both left side tires and wheels damaged as well, Leitzinger was able to "limp" around the Watkins Glen course and back to pit road.

The BOSS Snowplow Team pulled their Pontiac Crawford behind pit wall and began the process of accessing and repairing the damage. Fortunately, a multi-car accident that resulted after Papis made contact with Leitzinger, brought out a full-course caution and enabled the crew to hastily make repairs while the race was slowed under the yellow flag condition. The #4 BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford lost only two laps behind the pit wall and reentered the race on lap 47. Leitzinger was able to complete the remaining laps of the Crown Royal 250, but the outcome was no longer in question.

"I really don't know what Max (Papis) was seeing," Leitzinger commented after the race. "When several cars drifting wide entering turn one, I dove to the inside and had a run on the #66 car. All of a sudden, he (Max Papis) came back across the track trying to block me. He just drove into the side of me and sent me to the grass. Fortunately, I was able to control the car, but it was a pretty hard hit. Our BOSS Snowplow Pontiac Crawford had a definite shot at a podium finish today. The crew did a great job making adjustments all weekend to improve the car, and it's a shame that they weren't rewarded for their efforts."

BOSS Snowplow co-driver Elliott Forbes-Robinson qualified the #4 Pontiac Crawford on Friday afternoon and drove the first stint of the 250-mile race. EFR posted a fast lap of 1:46.993 / 114.400 mph to earn the 8th- starting position in the 39-car field. A veteran with many laps on the Watkins Glen road course, EFR gained several positions on the track before pitting on lap 13 for fuel, tires, and a driver change. Reentering the race just outside the top ten, Leitzinger was able to drive his way back into the top five before the incident with Papis ended any hope of a podium finish for the BOSS Snowplow Team.

The Rolex Series now travels to the Virginia International Raceway for the VIR 400 on Sunday, October 9th. Practice and qualifying for the 400 kilometer race will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th. Speed Channel will provide live television coverage of the VIR 400 beginning at 1 pm ET. The VIR 400 will be the 13th of fourteen races on the Rolex Series schedule for 2005. The final event of the season will be held in Mexico City on November 4th.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Max Papis , Elliott Forbes-Robinson