Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Butch Leitzinger Born In Homestead, Pennsylvania - February 28, 1969

February 28, 1969
Butch Leitzinger
(Photo; www.dysonracing.com)
Born in Homestead, Pennsylvania, USA.
He is the son of IMSA driver, Bob Leitzinger. Butch lives on a working 1840's farm in Rebersburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, Kirsten, and their daughter. He is best known as an ALMS driver with Dyson Racing, but he has also driven for a variety of other teams and race series.

Leitzinger shared the 1999 United States Road Racing Championship championship with teammate Elliott Forbes-Robinson and won the famed Rolex 24 at Daytona 3 times, twice with Dyson Racing in 1997 & 1999, and once in a Nissan 300ZX, co-driven with Scott Pruett, Steve Millen and Paul Gentilozzi in 1994.

At the beginning of their involvement in ALMS, Leitzinger and the Dyson team fielded Ford-powered Riley & Scott cars but switched to the newer MG-Lola EX257 midway through the 2002 season. Dyson Racing achieved its first ALMS victory in the car when Leitzinger and James Weaver scored an overall win at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. This also marked the first time that an LMP675 class car scored an overall win in an ALMS race.

Butch has driven for the Bentley factory team at Le Mans in 2001 and 2002, for the Cadillac team at Le Mans in 2000 and for Panoz at Le Mans in 1999. Leitzinger has also driven in the GT classification for Risi Competizione at Le Mans in 2003. Butch was also named 2002 Rookie of the Year in the Trans-Am Series. Butch drove the Alex Job Racing (AJR) # 81 Porsche GT3 car in the first four events in the American Le Mans Series GTC class for the 2010 season with Juan Gonzales earning victories at the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring as well as at Long Beach and a podium finish at Laguna Seca resulting in the duo achieving a healthy lead in the points standings before unfortunate circumstances forced Alex Job Racing to down size to a single car effort for the remainder of the season.

Leitzinger ran three NASCAR Winston Cup races at Watkins Glen with a best finish of 12th in 1995. On June 24, 2007, Leitzinger ran the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Infineon Raceway in the Bill Davis Racing-owned #23 Caterpillar Toyota and finished 28th.

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