Brake Issue Costly for Said in Sonoma Road Race SONOMA, Calif. (June 22, 2008) -- Boris Said managed to find positives even though an early brake malfunction severely handicapped him with a 41st place finish in Sunday's road race at Infineon ...
Brake Issue Costly for Said in Sonoma Road Race
SONOMA, Calif. (June 22, 2008) -- Boris Said managed to find positives even though an early brake malfunction severely handicapped him with a 41st place finish in Sunday's road race at Infineon Raceway.
Before coming into the season's first Sprint Cup road race, Said was looking to overturn his unlucky year of racing. But on Lap 3 of the scheduled 110-lap race, the front brakes on Said's No. 60 7-Eleven No Fear/Slurpee Ford Fusion were starting to fail.
"When the brake pedal went to the floor on the third lap, I knew we had a big problem," explained Said, who qualified 14th. "Our car started the race just as strong as we were in practice yesterday. But a component failure cut our day short."
Said, a renowned road racer, wouldn't say that a dark cloud continues to hamper his 2008 racing exploits.
"We did qualify and that was a big hurdle after what we've been through this year," noted Said. "So maybe that black cloud is starting to lift for us."
"What happened today was a shocker for the entire 7-Eleven No Fear/Slurpee team," added Said. "We came here with great equipment and were ready to contend with the leaders. Everything was right and we never thought the front brakes were going to go bad. They were perfect in both practices yesterday."
Once the front brakes started to fail, Said slipped to the back of the field. When a caution came out on Lap 29, he was in 29th place.
Said came into the pits for repairs on Lap 30, which caused him to fall a lap back. As the race wore on at the 1.99-mile circuit, Said kept on falling further back.
"The brake problem took away the fun," said Said, who finished ninth the past two years at Infineon.
Said retired from the race with fewer than 15 laps remaining.
"We weren't going any place out there and didn't want to get in anyone's way," offered Said.
Said and his No. 60 team will be in Daytona in two weeks, competing in the 400-mile summer race at the famed 2.5-mile oval.