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Road course specialist Boris Said ready to make mark in U.S. Army car SONOMA, Calif. (June 17, 2003) - Boris Said would like nothing more than to elevate his reputation as one of the world's best road racers. "Someday, I would like people to...

Road course specialist Boris Said ready to make mark in U.S. Army car

SONOMA, Calif. (June 17, 2003) - Boris Said would like nothing more than to elevate his reputation as one of the world's best road racers.

"Someday, I would like people to point at me and say, 'That Winston Cup driver is also a pretty good road racer,' " offered Said, the reigning Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans-Am champion. "My goal is to be a full-time Winston Cup driver and I am not giving up on that. The series has the best competition in the world."

Said's pursuit of enhancing his racing status continues this weekend here at the 1.949-mile Infineon Raceway, site of the first NASCAR Winston Cup road race of the season. The 40-year-old hired gun will be subbing for the injured Jerry Nadeau in the No. 01 U.S. Army/MB2 Motorsports Pontiac Grand Prix.

"This is not the way you want to get a ride, but I've accepted the position and will do everything I can to get the U.S. Army car running up front," explained Said, a Connecticut native, who resides in Carlsbad, Calif. "We had a great test session at VIR (Virginia International Raceway). The Army car was getting faster and faster as the day went on. I am really looking forward to driving this car at Infineon Raceway - it has plenty of potential."

Said, who is known for his candor and colorful personality, feels the pure excitement of driving in a Winston Cup race has sometimes gotten him into trouble.

"I wait all year for the two Winston cup road races - it's like a starving kid who has never seen an ice cream sundae - you slide a sundae in front of him and it's hard to eat it slow," explained Said. "I love to drive fast, and in the past, I've had a tendency to be a little too aggressive and sometimes that hurt me. But I am getting better each time I go out there in a Cup car.

"Hopefully Ryan (crew chief Ryan Pemberton) and Roman (spotter Roman Pemberton) can keep me under control and set a good pace. Roman has spotted for me in the past and he is very good. A good spotter makes a big difference."

Said has started in six Winston Cup road races since 1999. His best finish was eighth at the 2001 event at Watkins Glen. His best finish at Infineon Raceway was 11th in 2001.

Last year at Infineon, Said qualified 10th and was running strong in the race until an accident on lap 82 sidelined him for the day.

"Infineon Raceway is a very demanding road course," commented Said, who drives a BMW M3 in the SCCA Pro Racing Speed GT Championship. "There are no big straightaways to rest on and the surface makes it tough on tire wear. It's a grueling 112-lap race, but I love it."

Along with driving the U.S. Army car this weekend, Said will also compete in Saturday's NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Series race for Kenny Schrader's team and Sunday's SCCA Trans-Am event, which follows the Winston Cup race.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Boris Said , Jerry Nadeau