Butch Leitzinger

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Butch Leitzinger
Butch Leitzinger Pirelli World Challenge at Road America June 2014.jpg
Leitzinger at Road America in 2014
Nationality American
Born Robert Franklin Leitzinger
(1969-02-28) February 28, 1969 (age 46)
Homestead, Pennsylvania
Pirelli World Challenge career
Debut season 2014
Current team Dyson Racing
Car no. 20
Starts 7
Best finish 11th in 2014
Finished last season 11th
Previous series
19992013
1998–2012
19941996, 2007
19941996, 2000, 2006
1993–1996
ALMS
Grand-Am
NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
NASCAR Busch Series
NASCAR Busch North Series
Championship titles
1999 Rolex Sports Car Series
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1997, 19992003
Teams David Price Racing
Panoz Motorsports
Team Bentley
Risi Competizione
Best finish 3rd (2001
Class wins 2 (2001, 2002)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
4 races run over 4 years
Best finish 54th (1995)
First race 1994 The Bud at The Glen (Watkins Glen)
Last race 2007 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Infineon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
5 races run over 5 years
Best finish 78th (1996)
First race 1996 Fay's 150 (Watkins Glen)
Last race 2006 Zippo 200 (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0

Robert Franklin "Butch" Leitzinger (born February 28, 1969) is a professional racing driver. 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.

Racing career[edit]

Sports car racing[edit]

Leitzinger in the #52 PC at the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring.

Leitzinger 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. Leitzinger 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 with the #23 car for the remainder of the season.

Leitzinger spent the 2011 season as a substitute driver when needed and as a third driver during endurance races. As a substitute, Leitzinger ran a total of two ALMS races, one of which was the Lime Rock race in which he and Bill Sweedler finished third in class in the AJR GTC Porsche. The other race was the Road America race in which he drove the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports LMPC car with Rudy Junco and on his first time ever driving an LMPC car and the first time with the team Leitzinger qualified on pole in class and along with Junco, won the race in class. As a third driver in endurance races Leitzinger drove along with Humaid Al Masaood and Steven Kane in the # 20 Oryx Dyson Racing car at Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta. At Laguna Seca the 20 car led much of the race and finished in third. In the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta the car was sidelined early with a throttle position sensor problem. Shortly after returning to the track something in the left rear of the car broke as Leitzinger rounded turn 1 at about 150 MPH which sent him off the track and hard into the tires ending the day for the 20 car.

It was later announced that Leitzinger would drive the full 2012 season in the ALMS in the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports LMPC car. The 2012 season will reunite the successful combination from Road America 2011 of PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, Leitzinger, and Junco, who were co-drivers for the majority of the 2012 season.

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

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 (now called LMP2) class car scored an overall win in an ALMS race.

NASCAR[edit]

Leitzinger competed in NASCAR races as a road course ringer. He ran in three Winston Cup Series 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.

Personal life[edit]

Leitzinger lives on a working 1840's farm in Rebersburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, Kirsten, and their daughter. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business management from Penn State University in 1991. He is the son of IMSA driver, Bob Leitzinger.

Motorsports career results[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1997 United Kingdom David Price Racing United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United Kingdom James Weaver
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 GT1 236 DNF DNF
1999 United States Panoz Motorsports Australia David Brabham
France Éric Bernard
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Élan LMP 336 7th 6th
2000 United States Team Cadillac France Franck Lagorce
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Cadillac Northstar LMP LMP900 291 21st 11th
2001 United Kingdom Team Bentley United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Belgium Eric van de Poele
Bentley EXP Speed 8 LMGTP 306 3rd 1st
2002 United Kingdom Team Bentley United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Belgium Eric van de Poele
Bentley EXP Speed 8 LMGTP 362 4th 1st
2003 United States Risi Competizione United States Shane Lewis
United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem
Ferrari 360 Modena GT GT 138 DNF DNF

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nextel Cup Series[edit]

Busch Series[edit]

1 Leitzinger's team was a post-entry for the race and thus did not receive points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Butch Leitzinger – 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Butch Leitzinger – 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Butch Leitzinger – 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Butch Leitzinger – 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Butch Leitzinger – 1994 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Butch Leitzinger – 1995 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Butch Leitzinger – 1996 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Butch Leitzinger – 2000 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Butch Leitzinger – 2006 NASCAR Busch Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 

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