Indianapolis: Boris Said race report

SAID'S INDY MISSION COMPLETE; LOOKING FORWARD TO THE GLEN INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 7, 2005) -- In his first race at the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Boris Said finished on the lead lap, posting a 31st-place finish in Sunday's Allstate 400 at...

SAID'S INDY MISSION COMPLETE; LOOKING FORWARD TO THE GLEN

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 7, 2005) -- In his first race at the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Boris Said finished on the lead lap, posting a 31st-place finish in Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

Said, who laid down a pressure lap Saturday to qualify for the 160-lap, 400-mile race, gave himself a B- grade for his maiden effort on the 2.5-mile oval.

"Once again I learned a lot," offered Said, driver of the No. 36 CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet. "We made a lot of adjustments early, but as the race went on I was feeling more and more comfortable.

"There was one run when I was really starting to figure it out. I passed the No. 12 car (Ryan Newman) and then a few more cars and I was feeling pretty good. But then we lost the power steering and had oil on the tires for another run. The car did get more difficult to drive at the end, but we hung in there and finished the race. The CENTRIX crew was fantastic today and they gave me a good piece of machinery to drive all weekend. I am so proud of this team and they're also a lot of fun to be with."

Said, known world-wide for his sports car success, was overwhelmed at the enormity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"When I rode around the track in a Chevy Truck for pre-race introductions it was an experience I will never forget. It really hit home what a monstrous facility this is. I was taken aback. All those people cheering. It was huge. I've raced all over the world, but I have never seen anything like what I saw today. It was an honor and dream come true to race here."

While Said was analyzing his performance at the Brickyard, he couldn't help but interject his enthusiasm for next week's race at the Watkins Glen (N.Y.) road course.

"I am ready for The Glen," commented Said, a road-racing specialist. "If we can avoid bad breaks, we should be a contender. This MB/Sutton Motorsports team deserves it. We have the package in place and now it's up to us to get the job done."

-mb/sm-

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Boris Said , Ryan Newman