Skip Barber Instructor Boris Said, one of worldâ€™s busiest road racers, got another job recently when the Californian was tabbed for what has become an annual foray into the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Said, who runs in the SCCA Trans Am as well...
Skip Barber Instructor Boris Said, one of world’s busiest road racers, got another job recently when the Californian was tabbed for what has become an annual foray into the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Said, who runs in the SCCA Trans Am as well as the Speedvision World Challenge and the American LeMans Series, will take over duties for Jasper Motorsports when the Winston Cuppers run on the twisty circuits of Sears Point and Watkins Glen this season. The 38-year-old Said will take over in those two races for Robert Pressley, who stepped aside when the team’s chance to get the road-course ace came along.
"Boris is a road course specialist," said Pressley. "We need to do what's best for this Jasper team. That has always been our goal. When we needed a strong leader a couple of years ago, we went out and got (crew chief) Ryan Pemberton, because that's what we needed to do to make this team strong. Its my turn now to do what's best. I have every confidence that Boris’s experience will make this worthwhile. And, I promise I'll be cheering on the team, because they are there every week rooting for me."
Said has stock-car experience on both tracks, but has not been blessed with a lot of luck during his recent crossover stints. He has raced three times in Sonoma, failing to make the field in 1999 due to engine problems, and suffering suspension trouble that knocked him out of last year’s race before the field hit the quarterpole.
His fortunes at the Glen haven’t been much better as he blew an engine while running up front in ’99 and paced the practice charts last season but was sent home when rains washed out qualifying setting the grid on owner’s points. Said was running a one-off for that race and had no points to fall back on – making him a spectator.
"I'm excited," stated Said. "I've tried to do the road races the last two years and I've always had bad luck. This is the best chance I've had and the best equipment I've ever had, so I'm just excited to get out there and run. To have a Penske Jasper Engine and Jasper transmission and differential, a good prepared car and a good pit crew will be a first for me. Hopefully I’ll make the best of it."
The winner of the year’s first Trans-Am event, Said allowed that there is always pressure to perform well, no matter what the scenario, but that this time is a little different because he is taking over for a guy that volunteered to step aside for the good of the team.
"It takes a big man to step out from behind the wheel like Robert has for these two races. I don't know if I could do it," Said proclaimed. "It says a lot about how serious this team is about winning races, and I'm sure in due time it will happen for them together."
- Andrew Torres