Boris Said Joins Freedom Autosport for KONI Challenge at Daytona TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--After topping the Street Tuner-class time sheets during testing at Daytona International Raceway earlier this month, Freedom Autosport has even more of an edge...
Boris Said Joins Freedom Autosport for KONI Challenge at Daytona
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--After topping the Street Tuner-class time sheets during testing at Daytona International Raceway earlier this month, Freedom Autosport has even more of an edge heading into this weekend's KONI Challenge race with the addition of veteran driver Boris Said.
Said is teaming up with Rhett O'Doski in the No. 146 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5, and it will mark the versatile driver's first appearance in a Mazda. When Said got the call from Freedom about driving at Daytona, the choice was easy. "I've never been in a Mazda before so I figured, 'Why not?'" he said. "I know it's tough when you're in a new car that you've never driven, and I've never been in an ST car before, but I hope we can contend for a win. That's always the goal."
Said is also proud of Freedom Autosport's ultimate goal: showing support for our men and women in uniform. The team's three Mazda MX-5s are rolling tributes to the Armed Services. Freedom Autosport also donates to the Wounded Support Fund, which assists wounded Marines and Sailors after their service abroad.
"I'm a big fan of America and consider myself a patriot," Said commented. "I missed the Daytona test because I was doing a charity for the National Guard. I've driven the Army car, and my wife works for the Marines. Driving with Freedom Autosport has the added bonus of doing something that gives back, because our service members give so much for us."
Said's co-driver O'Doski is looking forward to starting the KONI Challenge ST season with a solid performance. "This is a great way for Freedom Autosport to kick of 2009, especially with Boris joining the effort," he said. "Any fan of roadracing has to be a fan of Boris Said." O'Doski continued with a smile, adding, "Personally, I'm looking forward to just keeping my mouth shut and learning from Boris!"
Team manager Tom Long, who will be competing this weekend with co-driver and team owner Derek Whitis in the No. 145 Freedom Mazda, has high hopes for Said's Mazda debut. "We're very excited to bring such talent to our ever-growing Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 program!" Long said. "We already have a great combination of flawless Mazdas, driving talent, and support from Mazda and Mazdaspeed. Adding Boris, an icon of the sport, to that successful formula will be an honor. I can tell you I'll be pleased to see yet another successfully-driven racecar added to his extensive racing resume list."
Mark White and Andrew Carbonell round out the Freedom Autosport line-up as co-drivers of the No. 147 Mazda. They were competitors last year, often trading for positions on track, and now they have combined their talents into a formidable team. White is making his Freedom debut, while Carbonell made an impression in just two races with Freedom last year. Carbonell earned two front-row starts, including a pole, and led at New Jersey Motorsports Park in only two starts.
Freedom Autosport hopes to be at the front of the ST class, just as they were during testing, in Friday's KONI Challenge opener. The race begins at 1:45 p.m.