Phoenix: Pacific Coast Motorsports GT preview

Boris Said joins Pacific Coast Motorsports GT effort in Phoenix Ventura, California (May 10, 2006) -- Following a top-six debut in the GT class with the ...

Boris Said joins Pacific Coast Motorsports GT effort in Phoenix

Ventura, California (May 10, 2006) -- Following a top-six debut in the GT class with the #98 Ironclad/Wine Country Motor Sports Pontiac GTO.R last weekend at Laguna Seca, Pacific Coast Motorsports now heads to the Phoenix International Raceway with Boris Said joining Ross Thompson behind the wheel for Saturday night's 'The GAINSCO Grand Prix', Round 7 of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.

While Ross Thompson made his series debut last time out at Laguna, the Ohio-native teaming with Canada's David Empringham to score a sixth place finish, this time round the GT rookie finds himself paired with Californian Boris Said. The amiable road racer is no stranger to the Rolex Sports Car Series having narrowly missed out on winning the GT championship back in 2004.

That year he racked up a total of four class victories including a win at the 1.51-mile Phoenix International Raceway. Last year Boris kept himself busy with nine starts in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, including a third place podium finish at Watkins Glen, before kicking off the 2006 season partnering with Rusty Wallace, Danica Patrick and Allan McNish in the Daytona Prototype class at the 'Rolex 24 at Daytona', where the 43-year-old also holds a GT class victory.

Said's accomplishments means he brings a wealth of experience to Pacific Coast Motorsports' fledgling GT campaign but the team proved in last weekend's Laguna endurance sprint that it has the potential to take on the established runners and quickly forge a reputation of its own in the ultra-competitive class.

A spin in the 30-minute qualifying race last Saturday proved to be the only downside in a weekend where both team and drivers were placed on a steep learning curve with the #98 Ironclad/Wine Country Motor Sports Pontiac GTO.R. Thompson belied his lack of experience in the category to power the rookie entry into the top-five, a position he would successfully maintain until the late-race driver change with David Empringham going on to bring the car home in sixth at the end of the 2-hour 45-minute race.

PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic, though happy with a strong debut run, is eager for more from the Said-Thompson combination this weekend in Phoenix:

"I'm looking forward to seeing the car back out on track. At Laguna we set lap times as competitive as the race leaders and if it hadn't been for a slight faux-pas in qualifying then I've no doubt we'd have been up there running at the very front. Hopefully things will pan out a little better in Friday's qualifying race then our goal for Saturday night's race is a podium finish. We've got a great driver line-up for Phoenix and I'm proud we're representing Ironclad, Wine Country Motor Sports and General Motors in addition to welcoming U-Haul as one of our team partners."

Ross Thompson:

"Well I can't say enough about being teamed beside Boris! He's probably one of the most famous American sports car racers out there. It's a pleasure to be racing with him and great to be partnering with another star driver having worked with David Empringham last weekend. I can't wait to get out there in practice as Phoenix is my home track and I've done a ton of laps there in the past. We learned so much about the car and set-up last weekend at Laguna so we're much more prepared for Saturday night's race. I'm pretty optimistic that we can come out with both guns blazing and come away with an even better finish!"


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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Allan McNish , Boris Said , David Empringham , Ross Thompson , Danica Patrick