Boris Said Fastest in First Round at Infineon
SONOMA, Calif. (June 26, 2004) -- Boris Said turned in the fastest time during first-round practice Saturday morning for Sunday's Trans-Am 100 at Infineon Raceway. The 2002 Motorock Trans-Am Series champion, driving the No. 33 Applied Computer Solutions/GE Access Ford Mustang, turned the 1.968-mile permanent road course in one minute, 14.508 seconds at an average speed of 95.088 miles per hour.
Greg Pickett, who flirted with the first position throughout the session, was second quickest in the No. 6 Cytomax Jaguar XKR. 2003 Rookie of the Year Jorge Diaz, Jr. (No. 8 Puerto Rico Grand Prix Jaguar XKR), Randy Ruhlman (No. 49 Preformed Line Products Chevrolet Corvette) and Tommy Kendall (No. 11 Jaguar R Performance XKR) completed the top five.
Second-round practice is scheduled for 10:25 a.m. today, followed by qualifying at 3:30 p.m. The Trans-Am 100, Round 3 of the 2004 Motorock Trans-Am Series championship is scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, immediately following the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event.
* Boris Said's first-round practice speed was significantly faster than the pole speed (94.303 mph) set by Jeff Gordon in yesterday's NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying.
* Trans-Am's only four-time Drivers' Champion Tommy Kendall is driving a car powered by Jaguar's new four-valve, overhead-cam, fuel-injected engine this weekend. This year, Kendall is continuing to develop the new engine, which was debuted at the end of last season. The engine utilizes a stock block and retains many stock parts. It is the only car in the field utilizing electronic fuel injection, supplied by Bosch. Kendall thinks the new engine package, which includes a 100-pound weight break, will really come into its own on Infineon's technical circuit: "Of the places we've raced so far, Infineon is where the payoff should come with our new engine package," said Kendall. "Infineon is the venue on the schedule this year where the weight advantage will be most advantageous. I'm excited. Infineon lines up best of all of the tracks thus far."
* Infineon Raceway was completely repaved since the Trans-Am Series last visited last year, resulting in faster speeds for the V-8-engined sports cars. Said's1:14.508-minute lap in first-round practice was a tick quicker than Scott Pruett's fastest first-round time (1:14.666) last year.