FORD RACING NOTES Preseason Thunder January 16, 2008 Daytona International Speedway Boris Said, driver of the No. 60 No Fear Ford Fusion, is going to run another limited NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule in 2008 while the search continues for a...
FORD RACING NOTES
January 16, 2008
Daytona International Speedway
Boris Said, driver of the No. 60 No Fear Ford Fusion, is going to run another limited NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule in 2008 while the search continues for a full-time sponsor. Said talked about his chances of qualifying for next month's Daytona 500, along with the long-term plans for his race team.
BORIS SAID -- No. 60 No Fear Ford Fusion
WHAT IS YOUR PLAN FOR 2008 AS FAR AS RACES YOU'RE GOING TO RUN? "Right now, it's set in stone that we're going to do five Cup races and three Busch races, so we're at eight right now. We're still always talking and looking at sponsors to try and do more races, but that's where were at right now."
HOW HAS TESTING GONE FOR YOU SO FAR? "The big worry for us is that realistically there are only six spots available in the race because somebody is gonna take a past champion's provisional and Kurt Busch is probably gonna race his way in. He'll be fast enough to make it and there are six Toyotas that seem to be pretty fast that are in the go or go home group, so that kind of leaves us behind the eight-ball right now. We're just working hard trying to find something to get some speed."
YOU RACE IN OTHER TYPES OF SERIES, BUT CUP IS REALLY WHERE YOU WANT TO BE, RIGHT? "Yeah. I love road racing. That's where I came from and I'm proud of that, but my goal right now is to try to make it here. That's where 100 percent of my effort is and I've actually stopped doing a lot of road racing to concentrate on this and leave weekends open for Cup so I can learn more about it. This is our third year with our little team. The first year was unbelievable and last year looked like it was gonna be a great year and we got hampered by weather. We got rained out while we were sitting on the pole here for the July race and at Watkins Glen we got rained out. Then we went to Talladega and qualified 10th overall and missed the race because the Toyotas picked up so much speed. It's really tough for a part-time team to get in these races, so that's our number one goal. Just to make this race would feel like a win."
IS THERE ONE CONSISTENT ROADBLOCK IN YOUR PATH AS FAR AS LANDING A PRIMARY SPONSOR? "I don't know. I guess it's really expensive now. This sport has evolved to where it's not cheap and I don't really know what the problem is, but we're not gonna get deterred by it. Our number one goal is that we're gonna be a full-time team eventually, whether I'm driving or not. That's the plan for No Fear Racing and I think we have everything in place. We have a great relationship with Roush and Yates with the engines, so we have all the pieces in place to be one of the top teams, we just need to keep getting better and better."
SO IN THE MEANTIME YOU JUST KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'VE BEEN DOING THE LAST TWO YEARS. "Yeah. All I do is approach every race the same. I wish I could race every weekend, but the races we do make, we're gonna do everything we can to get the best finish possible. The number one goal for us though is always just to make the races."
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