Boris Said, driver of the No. 60 Sobe No Fear Ford Fusion, qualified fifth for tomorrow's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Said, who has formed a business relationship with Jack Roush, plans on qualifying for at least three more races this season ...
Boris Said, driver of the No. 60 Sobe No Fear Ford Fusion, qualified fifth for tomorrow's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Said, who has formed a business relationship with Jack Roush, plans on qualifying for at least three more races this season including next week at Daytona, Indianapolis and Watkins Glen. He spoke about his goals before Saturday's practice session at Infineon Raceway.
BORIS SAID -- No. 60 Sobe No Fear Ford Fusion
YOU ARE KIND OF BECOMING THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF PERSEVERANCE WITH YOUR EFFORTS TO BECOME A FULL-TIME CUP DRIVER. "Yeah, I mean my whole life people have always told me no. You're too poor or you're too old or you're too ugly or whatever, and that's always been my motivation. I'm gonna succeed at this and I had to start my own team to try to do it. Now I'm kind of controlling my own destiny. Yesterday was one of the most nervewracking days because not having any points to fall back on, it wasn't so much me if I screwed up and went off the track and didn't make the race, but just the effort we've put in the last two months with this team and putting it together. There was more to it than just driving for somebody else. To qualify good, it's like the weight of the world is off my shoulders and now I just can't wait to go race."
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE ARRANGEMENT YOU HAVE WITH ROUSH RACING? "We're buying some cars, leasing some back-up cars and leasing motors from them. A lot of people can do that, but the biggest thing he offered us was to share his black book -- to help us with setups and help me at Indy and help me at Daytona. That kind of information is priceless and the trade for that is I'm opening my books to all of his guys and trying to help them in their road racing program, including all these young guys coming up the pike. I think it's a good trade for both of us."
YOU TOOK SOME GUYS TO ROAD ATLANTA RECENTLY. "Jamie, Greg and Matt went to Road Atlanta and then I actually came here and spent two days one-on-one with Carl Edwards. I would think we'll do more with the other guys before Watkins Glen and then before the Busch race there we'll do a bunch of stuff with Danny and Todd again."
SO WHAT'S THE LONG-TERM PLAN FOR THIS TEAM? "We'll do four or five races this year. We need to build up our inventory. First, we're gonna try to wait until there is more Car of Tomorrow stuff, so we don't have to have that extra expense of building cars that are only good for one year, so next year we're hoping we get to do 10 or 15 races. That's kind of what we're looking for because we're basically looking for sponsorship."
WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE TO DATE DO YOU FEEL YOU'RE CLOSER THAN EVER OF REALIZING YOUR GOAL OF BEING A FULL-TIMER ON THIS CIRCUIT? "Yeah. When I get on a road course, I know the absolute limits of the car and my limits and on an oval I don't because I don't have the experience. But everytime I get in I'm getting better and better. Driving the number 9 Busch car the last few weeks has been a big help and last week I had a lead lap finish, 14th place, so I think I'm really starting to get it. I think all of that is gonna help me when I get to Indy in another month and that's something I'm looking forward to more than anything in the world this year."
IF YOU CAN RACE MOTORCYCLES AND WIN, RACE ROAD COURSES AND WIN, IS IT ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE YOU CAN RACE OVALS AND WIN? "Yeah, but still there's no substitute for experience. It's like can a good golfer become a good tennis player? Probably because the skills you had from going to nothing to the best, he knows how to do it but you've got to start from ground zero and work your way up. That's kind of how I've been taking it -- little steps and baby steps. I haven't spun out and wrecked a bunch of cars because I haven't had that luxury of having that inventory, but I think everytime I'm on an oval I feel like I'm learning. I leave the weekend saying, 'OK, I'm better and I know what I need to work on to get better.'"
YOU MENTIONED YESTERDAY THAT YOUR GOAL WAS TO BE IN THE TOP FIVE WITH 30 TO, BUT DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN WIN? "I have the equipment to win. I have the team to win. I have all the tools I need to win, but, still, these races are unbelievably hard to win even if you're a team like Roush Racing that has been around for so long. I always try to set realistic goals and coming into the weekend our number one goal was to make the race. Once we make the race, then we set another goal. If we can run in the top five when there's 20 or 30 laps to go, then we'll go to our next goal and that will be, 'What do we need to do to try to win one of these races?' It's a long shot, but we definitely have a good chance."