San Jose: Greg Pickett race notes

GREG PICKETT CLAIMS SECOND IN THE CYTOMAX SPORT DRINK 100 TRANS-AM RACE SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 30, 2005) -- It was a battle between two Trans-Am champions that came down to the wire in Saturday's Cytomax Sport Drink 100 Trans-Am race, part of...

GREG PICKETT CLAIMS SECOND IN THE CYTOMAX SPORT DRINK 100 TRANS-AM RACE

SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 30, 2005) -- It was a battle between two Trans-Am champions that came down to the wire in Saturday's Cytomax Sport Drink 100 Trans-Am race, part of the inaugural Grand Prix of San Jose weekend which saw 1978 titlist Greg Pickett finish a mere 0.147 behind 2002 champion Boris Said to claim second place. Pickett, driver of the #6 Cytomax/Muscle Milk Jaguar XKR, also posted the fastest race lap and unofficially moved into third place in the championship standings with his podium finish.

Pickett, who made Trans-Am history with his recent win in Edmonton as the only Trans-Am driver to ever win a race in each of four decades, started third but quickly moved up to second by the end of the first lap. He took the lead on Lap 8, but relinquished it to Said one lap later. On lap 34, Pickett tagged the rear end of a GTA class car which damaged his hood, but he elected to remain on course, and still dogged Said to the checkered flag.

"What a great race -- this is what it's all about. It was so much fun," said Pickett, who has three second finishes in addition to his Edmonton win in five starts this season. "Anytime you can race that closely with someone like Boris, it's a big deal. I've never been able to race that competitively before with Boris. Come on, Boris is one of the top racers in the country, if not the world.

"We ran really close in traffic and didn't push or shove each other unnecessarily," continued Pickett, who debuted the new 5.1-liter, 310 c.i. Hasselgren electronic fuel-injected pushrod Ford V-8 here. "Frankly, it was thrilling to run with Boris. I couldn't be happier...well, maybe a just a tiny bit.

"This track is very difficult on the transmission and brakes; they get a real punishment," explained Pickett, who hails from nearby Alamo, Calif. "It's an accomplishment to even finish this race and I compliment my crew on giving me a great car and the Hasselgren group for a great engine our first time out.

"The San Jose folks did a wonderful job for their first outing. It's hard to be perfect at the outset and we'll see improvements in the years to come. This has all the makings to be a really great venue. Corporately, we're delighted. We entertained a lot of customers and provided Cytomax samples to the fans. It's great to be a local guy and a local company today," concluded Pickett, who owns ChampBev, Inc., the Ready to Drink division of Cytomax.

The Cytomax Sport Drink 100 race will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on August 7 at 1 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Greg Pickett