SBRS: Former instructor looks for fifth straight victory

Former Skip Barber Instructor Boris Said, winner of the 2002 BFGoodrich Tires Cup, will be looking for his eighth victory of the season and his fifth in a row when the Trans-Am Series arrives in Virginia this weekend. Said clinched the Trans-Am ...

Former Skip Barber Instructor Boris Said, winner of the 2002 BFGoodrich Tires Cup, will be looking for his eighth victory of the season and his fifth in a row when the Trans-Am Series arrives in Virginia this weekend. Said clinched the Trans-Am title in grand fashion by recording his fourth consecutive victory at Road Atlanta earlier this month. He brings an insurmountable 327-263 points lead over Butch Leitzinger into Sunday's race. Leitzinger, another driver with Skip Barber history, is coming off a podium finish of second at Road Atlanta.

Sunday's race will be contested on the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course at Virginia International Raceway, which features 130 feet of elevation change. VIR, one of Skip Barber's 20 tracks nationwide, first operated from 1957 through 1974, then was dormant for 26 years before re-opening for the 2000 racing season.

"I'm looking forward to racing the long course," said Said, who has tested several NASCAR Winston Cup cars on the 2.25-mile North Course at VIR, but has never driven the long course, except in a rental car. "Since the Trans-Am championship has already been decided, it's going to be an all-out war.

"Just my kind of race," Said sums up. "I can't wait."

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Series OPENWHEEL , TRANSAM