SPEED, SAID HIT THE SHORT COURSE The season's second and final road course race takes us to Watkins Glen International, a 2.45-mile, 11-turn track that's been a regular on the schedule since 1986. 82. SCOTT SPEED POCONO KNOWS LONG DAYS:...
SPEED, SAID HIT THE SHORT COURSE
The season's second and final road course race takes us to Watkins Glen International, a 2.45-mile, 11-turn track that's been a regular on the schedule since 1986.
82. SCOTT SPEED
POCONO KNOWS LONG DAYS: Speed kissed the wall late in Saturday's final practice at Pocono Raceway. Late enough to where his backup No. 82 Red Bull Toyota had zero laps on it when the green flag waved for the Pennsylvania 500. He fought balance and handling issues throughout an incredibly long day and finished 26th.
OUT FRONT AT THE GLEN: In last year's rain-delayed race at Watkins Glen, Speed cycled his way into the lead 30 laps from the finish during a series of green-flag pit stops. Then, the No. 82 was on point as the field sat lifeless for nearly 20 minutes. Speed led four laps as the only driver not to pit before a nasty six-car wreck forced a red flag. But the inevitable happened - a regularly scheduled pit stop on lap 63 that put Speed back in 23rd. He ended up 22nd. Two days earlier, he finished 10th in the Nationwide Series race.
VITAL SIGNS: Ranks 26th in the driver standings - 28 points behind 25th.
JUST ONE OF THE GUYS: "I don't feel like I have a huge advantage with my background, but I certainly am on the sharper end of that stick. At this level, guys are good and they can certainly race these big heavy cars." - Speed, a former Formula One driver.
83. BORIS SAID
THAT DARN DEBRIS: Like his teammate, Reed Sorenson fought handling issues, too, on Sunday at Pocono Raceway. His were mostly limited to turn three, which is the launching pad for NASCAR's longest straightaway. But the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota fell victim to debris in the radiator and retired after 171 of 200 laps. Sorenson finished 32nd.
A RINGER? MAYBE SO: Boris Said, a road-racing ace who's sliding into the No. 83 for the weekend, has made nine Sprint Cup starts at Watkins Glen and owns a front-row start and third-place finish. Less than two months ago, he finished eighth at Infineon Raceway.
VITAL SIGNS: The No. 83 ranks 26th in the car owner standings - 14 points out of 25th.
TRIPLE DUTY: Along with his duties in the No. 83, Said will drive the No. 09 in Saturday's Nationwide Series race, as well as the No. 31 GT car in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. That comes out to 8 hours, 30 minutes of practice on Friday alone, not to mention the race distances Saturday and Sunday.