Note: Petty Enterprises announced that accomplished road course veteran Boris Said will drive the No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Charger in the Centurion at the Glen Sunday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. This will be...
Note: Petty Enterprises announced that accomplished road course veteran Boris Said will drive the No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Charger in the Centurion at the Glen Sunday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. This will be Said's first competition in Petty Enterprises equipment. He will start 40th due to rain washing out Friday's qualifying session.
HOW DID THE OPPORTUNITY TO DRIVE THE No. 45 CAR COME ABOUT? "Robbie Loomis (VP of Operations, Petty Enterprises) called me and asked if something happened (Said not qualifying), would I be interested in driving the 45 car. I really wanted to race my car because it's been two years since we've been able to race it (qualifying cancelled because of rain). It's just a real honor to race for the Petty's. I never thought that I would be able to drive for 'The King', so I jumped at the opportunity. Before I could say 'yes', I had to check with Ford because they have been so good to me this year. They (Ford) gave me their blessing and now I get to race."
CAN YOU PUT INTO WORDS WHAT IT MEANS TO DRIVE FOR THE PETTY'S? "Last year I got to drive for the Wood Brothers and now 'The King' -- I told (Richard) that I want a bonus if I finish in the top-10. I want a signed Richard Petty hat that I can put on my wall. I think that would be the coolest thing that I've ever get."
IS THERE A DIFFERENT LEARNING CURVE MOVING FROM ONE MANUFAUTURER'S CAR TO ANOTHER? "A little bit. I think it's really getting to know the team. I've never worked with anybody over in the Petty camp. I've never driven the car or sat in it before. That's the tough part. The level of communication won't be there, but hopefully we can learn a lot in the two practice sessions today."
WHAT WOULD IT MEAN TO TAKE THE PETTY FAMILY TO VICTORY LANE? "It would be unthinkable for me right now. I'm kind of on a different page. If I were racing my car, I'd go all out and take all kinds of chances to win. But when the Petty's asked me to do something like this, the most important thing is to get their car in the top-35 in owner points. If I can finish in the top-10, that will be a successful day for the 45 team. To take a lot of chances, I just won't because I don't want to go off-track and get a 40th-place finish."
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