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Regarding Mexico Race, Boris Said is Antsy, Inspired & Hungry MEXICO CITY (April 15, 2008) -- When it comes to this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Mexico City, Boris Said has a range of emotions. He is everything from being antsy to...

Regarding Mexico Race, Boris Said is Antsy, Inspired & Hungry

MEXICO CITY (April 15, 2008) -- When it comes to this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Mexico City, Boris Said has a range of emotions. He is everything from being antsy to getting back on the track to being inspired by the performance of Masters golf champion Trevor Immelman.

But before Said tackles his emotions at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course, the free spirit from Southern California will make his customary first stop, which will be at a local taco stand.

"As soon as I get to Mexico City I look for the street vendor taco stands and order a couple of carne asadas (grilled steak)," noted Said. "It is absolutely delicious -- I recommend it to all Mexican food lovers."

A taco stand stop sort of fits with some of Said's unusual pre-race rituals, like visiting San Quentin Penitentiary or taking a ride in a single-person elevator to the peak of the Golden Gate Bridge before the June Cup event in Sonoma, Calif.

"I've enjoyed traveling the world to race cars, but I also have fun taking in the local sights and experiencing the local culture," offered Said.

Said, who will drive the No. 25 No Fear Energy / Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion, would enjoy Mexico even more if he could fill a racing void -- and that is to win a NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

The mustachioed racer, who has been referred to as the Rajah of Right Turns, has come close to visiting Victory Lane, finishing in the top five at the last three Nationwide races in Mexico. He finished fifth in 2005, second in 2006 and third last year.

"This could be the year of the win," noted Said, who has a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory to his credit. "I have a great crew and great equipment. My only concern is that I haven't been racing for a while."

This is the longest time that Said has gone without racing at this point of the season. His last race was in mid February at the 150-mile qualifying event at Daytona International Speedway.

"I'm chomping at the bit to go racing again," explained Said. "I'm always pumped about my next race, but I am even more inspired for Mexico after watching the Rocky Balboa effort by Masters champion Trevor Immelman. To me, winning a NASCAR race is like winning the Masters."

It should be noted that Said is an excellent golfer, who has won The Golf Channel's Big Break competition and has played a few holes with Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara.

"I have a good feeling that our No Fear Energy / Advance Auto Parts Ford will be in contention on Sunday and have a shot at winning the race," offered Said.

Frank Stoddard will again handle the crew chief duties for Said and the No. 25 team, which is also aligned with Team Rensi Motorsports for the Mexico event.

-credit: trm

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