** SAID FEELING GREAT AFTER INJURY -- American Le Mans Series driver Boris Said is feeling great and said he is "100 percent" after suffering a minor skull fracture in a testing crash on October 18. Known for his colorful quips, Said described the two-week period after the accident as "like having a tequila hangover," but said he's recovered and is ready to go racing again. Said was testing a Panoz LMP-1 Prototype at Road Atlanta when he crashed in turn 10. He exited the car on his own and was held overnight in a local hospital, then released early the next day. Said drove in the GT class of the ALMS in 2001 for BMW Team PTG. He was part of the winning team in two events.
** MUGEN TO ENTER SPORTS CAR RACING -- Mugen, a Japanese company with a successful history in motorsports, will enter sports car racing in 2002 with a new type of racing engine that it has been developing. The MF408S will be a four litre V8 engine which Mugen has designed for sports car racing and has equipped with a number of technologies developed through Mugen's long involvement in racing. Mugen is currently negotiating with several sports car racing teams for engine supplying. The company said that it will supply engines to any team in any racing series as long as there is a demand and that it has no plans of running a "works" team. Founded in 1973, Mugen began its motorsports involvement in motorcycle motocross racing. In 1987, it began supplying racing engines for F3000 and F3 racing and was by then firmly established as a racing engine builder and developer. In 1992, Mugen began participating in Formula One racing as an engine supplier. Four years later, Ligier-Mugen-Honda won its first F1 event in Monaco, and then Jordan-Mugen-Honda achieved a 1-2 finish at the Belgian Grand Prix, the second victory for Mugen and the first for Jordan. While being active in racing, Mugen has also developed and introduced many tune-up and sports parts for Honda cars. "Mugen has a confidence that our engine will be very competitive and able to win races against the competitors," said Hirotoshi Honda, president of Mugen Co. Ltd.
NATIONAL GRAND PRIX OPENS DC OFFICE -- National Grand Prix Holdings, which is organizing the National Grand Prix of Washington, D.C., for July 21, has opened an office at RFK Stadium at the site of the event. The American Le Mans Series will hold a race on a 1.9-mile temporary circuit that will be constructed in the parking lots of the famous stadium. The office number for general inquiries about the event is (202) 546-8352. The toll-free reservation number for ticket patrons is 1-888-456-8448. General information about the event is available online at www.nationalgrandprix.com, with a new site to debut next month at the same address.