Boris Said to drive U.S. Army Car at Infineon Raceway CONCORD, N.C. (June 4, 2003) - Road course specialist Boris Said has been named by MB2 Motorsports to drive the No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac in the June 22 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Infineon ...
Boris Said to drive U.S. Army Car at Infineon Raceway
CONCORD, N.C. (June 4, 2003) - Road course specialist Boris Said has been named by MB2 Motorsports to drive the No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac in the June 22 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
Said, 40, will be substituting for Jerry Nadeau, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a May 2 accident at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Mike Wallace, who has been the team's substitute driver, will continue in the same role at the oval races.
One of the leading national and international sports car drivers, Said has competed in seven career Winston Cup races. Six of his seven starts have come at NASCAR's two road courses -- Infineon Raceway (2000, 2001, 2002) and Watkins Glen (1999, 2001, 2002). His other start was at Homestead Miami Speedway in 1999.
"Just like Jerry, Boris has established a reputation as a NASCAR road racing expert," said Jay Frye, general manager of MB2 Motorsports. "We are excited that he has agreed to fill in for Jerry at Infineon Raceway. Boris' experience as a sports car racer will give us an excellent opportunity to have a competitive weekend at the first road course of the season."
Said, of Carlsbad, Calif., has enjoyed success at Infineon Raceway. As a NASCAR driver, he finished 11th in the 2001 Winston Cup race and won the 1998 Craftsman Truck event. As a sports car racer in the American Le Mans Series, he won at Infineon in 2000 and was runner-up in 2001.
"This is a bittersweet circumstance," explained Said. "Half of me is excited as hell because I love racing Winston Cup -- it has the best competition in the world. But the other half of me feels bad because of what happened to Jerry. I hate to see him hurt -- we are both from Connecticut and have known each other for a long time.
"I have also known Ryan (crew chief Ryan Pemberton) and Jay (team general manager Jay Frye) for a long time and I am looking forward to working with them. I am also looking forward to driving the Army car. I'm a very patriotic person and it's going to be an honor to drive that car."
Said, the 2002 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans Am Series champion (eight wins in 11 races), is scheduled to test the U.S. Army road course car June 9 at Virginia International Raceway.