Boris Said inks NASCAR Cup ride

2002 Trans-Am Titleholder Boris Said Inks 10-Race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Deal. Carlsbad, California Native also Plans Part-Time Trans-Am Effort in 2005 INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 16, 2004) -- 2002 Motorock Trans-Am Series Drivers' Champion Boris Said will ...

2002 Trans-Am Titleholder Boris Said Inks 10-Race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Deal.
Carlsbad, California Native also Plans Part-Time Trans-Am Effort in 2005

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 16, 2004) -- 2002 Motorock Trans-Am Series Drivers' Champion Boris Said will compete in a minimum of 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races next year, driving for MB/Sutton Motorsports. Said will drive the No. 36 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the newly formed team with sponsorship from Centrix Financial. The new team will make its NASCAR debut in February at the Daytona 500.

"This is big time--competing against the best drivers in the world," said Said, who competed in three Trans-Am Series races in 2004, winning from the pole at Infineon Raceway, and finishing third in the season opener at Long Beach and second in the season finale at Laguna Seca. "The new deal for next year is a great opportunity for me. As I have stated many times--I love being on the edge and I welcome the challenge."

Said also said he plans a part-time effort in the Trans-Am Series next year. Said will continue his relationship with ACS Express Racing, which fielded the No. 33 Ford Mustang for Said in 2003 and 2004, as well as a Panoz Esperante in 2002.

"I'm planning to do Long Beach and possibly another race with Mike Davis," said the Carlsbad, Calif. native, who has 13 wins, 33 podiums, 38 top fives, 52 top tens, and six poles in 65 career Trans-Am starts. "I've always said Trans-Am cars are my favorite cars to drive."

Said has competed in virtually every form of motorsports and won in nearly every series in which he has raced. Said, who has 12 starts in NASCAR's top series, earned his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup pole in 2003 at Infineon Raceway. Said also finished 10th in the 2004 Budweiser Shootout NASCAR event at Daytona Int'l Speedway. This year, Said became the first American driver to win the 4 Hours of Nurburgring GT endurance event in Germany. Said has also competed in the Craftsman Truck Series, Busch Series, Grand-Am, ALMS, and World Challenge.

The Motorock Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 40th continuous year of competition in 2004.

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