Fontana: California drivers race at home

Southern California drivers happy to race at home. FONTANA, Calif. (June 6, 2003) -- When you are in a profession that keeps you on the road for most the year, there's no place like home. For four Rolex Sports Car Series drivers, there's no...

Southern California drivers happy to race at home.

FONTANA, Calif. (June 6, 2003) -- When you are in a profession that keeps you on the road for most the year, there's no place like home. For four Rolex Sports Car Series drivers, there's no place like racing at California Speedway because it keeps them close to home. Drivers Boris Said of Carlsbad, Mike Davis of Huntington Beach, Cort Wagner of Los Angeles and Brent Martini of Laguna Beach are especially looking forward to this Sunday's Grand American 400 because they will be racing close to home.

"It feels good to race so close to home, because I've been on the road for a month. It's an hour drive, but it's still nice to stay at home for a change," remarked Said, who will partner with Davis in the #11 Mustang of ACS Express Racing, which is making its Rolex Series debut.

"This is a great racing series where I have had a lot of fun. I know the ACS crew will give us a car that will be tough to beat, so that is something to look forward to. Mike Davis and I have been working together for a while but this is the first time we will be driving together," continued Said, who has raced in several Rolex Series events and picked up the GT victory in Phoenix last season with Bell Motorsports.

"I think I'm allowed to speak my mind here, so I like that," Said added.

"This is my first time out with Grand American and I am ready. I have run the infield course at California Speedway before in historic events in short stints, but never for the duration we will go on Sunday," said Davis. "Co-driving with Boris will be a great experience. He better not let me down."

Southern California drivers Martini and Wagner are no strangers to the Rolex Series. The two have partnered for the entire season in the Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360 GT, and are currently second in the GT point standings.

"It's nice to race here, because you can keep your rhythm at home. You can get your workout in. You can get a massage. You can eat food you're used to eating, and you don't have to eat out. You can sleep in a bed that you're comfortable in. It's really nice," said Martini. "For me it keeps me more settled than feeling like I'm away all the time."

"It was really nice to get a good night sleep last night in my own bed," echoed Wagner. "It's great to have local people drive by and family to see what we do and have a bunch of friends come out and check out the race. California Speedway is such a great venue. The facilities are phenomenal here. I love it out here."

Wagner and Martini will break in a new Ferrari 360GT this weekend during the Grand American 400. "The new car is getting sorted out. We tested a little bit yesterday. It feels like a brand new car. It needs to get its legs a little bit," said Martini. "It^Òs a beautiful machine. We are lucky to be able to use it. Rusty West from Market Scan is allowing us to use it. It's his car. It's a real treat to be able to drive."

Qualifying for the Grand American 400 will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday and the race will get underway at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are currently on sale for the Grand American 400 at California Speedway and can be purchased online at www.californiaspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 800-944-RACE. The Grand American 400 will also be broadcast LIVE on SPEED Channel.

Additional information is available on the Grand American website at www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Brent Martini , Rusty West , Mike Davis , Cort Wagner