Through The Esses - Rick Howard Is Racing With Friends
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© Andrew S. Hartwell

Rick Howard is one half of the Howard - Boss Motorsports team that runs a pair of Crawford DP03 Daytona Prototype race cars in the Grand Am Rolex sportscar series. This former restaurateur and investor hooked up with Dave Brule (owner of Boss Snowplows, hence the Howard-Boss name) to stay involved in racing while working with some very good friends. We refer to Max and Jan Crawford, and Elliott Forbes-Robinson.

The Crawford's own and operate Crawford Composites and Crawford Race Cars. They build both specific and custom parts for race cars - most notably the spec rear wing and side pods used on all Daytona Prototype cars. The Crawford's also provide support for their customers including the Howard-Boss Motorsports team that campaigns the #2 CITGO and #4 Boss Snowplow cars. (On occasion, a #20 car will appear on track as well.) In the first full season for the team, they managed to pull down two wins for car #2 and one for car #4.

Elliott Forbes-Robinson is the perennial young gun who - at an age where he qualifies for the Wednesday senior citizen discount at Kohl's department stores, and membership in AARP - continues to display extraordinary talent behind the wheel of a race car. It was Elliott and co-driver Butch Leitzinger who pulled down that victory for the #4 car at the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. And his lengthy racing resume includes everything from Formula Super Vees to Winston Cup to ALMS Prototypes to off road racing to Daytona Prototypes.

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