Boris Said's Team Captures Prestigious German Race

Boris Said became the first American racer to be part of the winning team in the prestigious German 24-Hour Race, which concluded Sunday (May 8) at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife, a 15.5-mile, 186-turn road course.

Said took the checkered flag for the BMW team after driving the final seven hours of the race.

Along with Said the drivers for the winning team were Pedro Lamy (Portugal), Andy Priaulx (Great Britain) and Duncan Huisman (Netherlands).

The margin of victory for Said's team was by five laps over its BMW teammate, which was led by international star Hans Stuck.

The 222 touring cars that started the race had to brave extreme weather conditions of cold, snow, sleet, hail, rain, fog and heavy winds during the 24 hours of competition.

"I've never raced in conditions like we had in Germany," recalled Said. "But being part of the winning team goes down as the biggest highlight of my racing career. I am really proud of being the first American on the winning team. It was truly an awesome feeling to take that checkered flag.

"The only thing that would be able to match this win would be a NASCAR Nextel Cup victory."

Said didn't have much time to savor his German victory. He was scheduled to be in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday (May 10) to conduct a test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway -- the site of his next Cup race -- Coca-Cola 600 on May 29.

Said drives the No. 36 CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet for MB/Sutton Motorsports in the Nextel Cup Series. He is scheduled to compete in 13 Cup races in 2005.