M.com: Boris, could you give us your description of a lap of the Mid Ohio track? Boris: Well, Mid-Ohio to me is an awesome track. As you know, I grew up racing motocross and to me it is kind of like half motocross and half road racing. It has a...
M.com: Boris, could you give us your description of a lap of the Mid Ohio track?
Boris: Well, Mid-Ohio to me is an awesome track. As you know, I grew up racing motocross and to me it is kind of like half motocross and half road racing. It has a lot of elevation changes and is slippery; it takes some interesting lines to get better grip. As you come by the start finish line in a Trans-Am car you're in fourth gear, you go pretty deep down into Turn One. I brake at the one marker. You barely brake, downshift one gear and get right back into the gas as soon as the car turns down to the apex.
Then you accelerate up towards Turn Two, it's a long straight away, fifth gear in a Trans-Am car, probably 165 mph, and then you are hard on the brakes at the 3 marker, down to second gear and it is just a tight, tight hairpin. You just get the car down to the inside, ride the rim around the inside and as soon as you point it a little bit straight, you know, you just "unload the gun" and just start shifting up through the gears, hard on the gas down the back straight away.
As you enter what I call Turn Three (7), the sharp right hander at the end of the straight away, it's back down to second gear and it's really slippery there, it gets challenging because there is a lot of concrete patches, so you turn the car in and the front end is pushing a little bit but you just kind of get inside the concrete and get it hooked up, hard on the gas out turn three and up over the hill through the turn they call "Madness" (8). You can get very loose over the top of that hill.
Then, hard on the gas into Turn Four (9). Shift down to second gear. You come off of there pretty hard, short shift into third around a left blind rise (10) with your wheels spinning in the air. Then flat out down a short straight to a right-hander (11). Down to second gear, barely on the gas, because you are fighting forward bite there. Then accelerate flat out through "Thunder Valley" (13-14), a very fast right/left complex that is a blast to run through. At the end, you run up a blind hill with the whole car "loading up". Over the top of that rise leads you into the "Carousel" (15). This is a slippery slow, right-hander that you have to be very careful in. It's easy to lose the rear end there. Stay right to the inside into the "Keyhole" (16), your in second gear until you exit onto the front straight away and then just shift it up through the gears again.
M.com: How do you rate this track?
Boris: One of my favorites!
M.com: How was practice this morning?
Boris: It was great. It was also cut short which was unfortunate. We didn't get a lot of time out there, but we were second fastest and the field is very tight.
M.com : Have you spoken to Hans Stuck lately?
Boris: I spoke to him last week as a matter of fact. We talk just about every week. I am looking forward to getting together with him in September. We are meeting up at the Formula One race at Indianapolis and plan on just hanging out.
M.com: Did he mention his recent race in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring?
Boris: He said it was awesome. I have wanted to do that for years but have always had another race someplace else.
M.com: Well we appreciate you taking the time to speak with us.
Boris Said is the current points leader in the Trans-Am series.