Talladega: Boris Said preview

Globetrotting Journey for Boris Said Begins in Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 26, 2005) -- From America's largest oval to Europe's largest road course - Boris Said will be competing at the two famous circuits within a seven-day ...

Globetrotting Journey for Boris Said Begins in Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 26, 2005) -- From America's largest oval to Europe's largest road course - Boris Said will be competing at the two famous circuits within a seven-day period.

First for the globetrotting racer will be this weekend's Nextel Cup race at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway. This will mark the third of 13 Cup races Said is scheduled for as a member of the MB/Sutton Motorsports team.

After Talladega, Said will jet to Germany where he will take part in the German 24-Hour Endurance race at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife, a 15.5-mile, 186-turn road course with 211 corner stations. The race is scheduled for Saturday/Sunday, May 7-8.

Said finished second in last year's German 24-hour race, becoming the first American to claim a podium finish in the prestigious European event. Said's teammates on this year's BMW team will be former Formula I racer Pedro Lamy of Portugal and European Touring Champion Andy Priaulx of Great Britain.

"Talk about having the best of both worlds -- I feel very fortunate and I am thankful for these opportunities," offered Said. "These are two of the world's best tracks. Though the configuration of the tracks is different, the fans are pretty much the same. The only things different about German and Talladega fans are the language they speak and the flags they wave. They are both wild and passionate about motorsports."

Said will return to Charlotte from Germany to conduct a May 10 test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway in preparation for the Coca-Cola 600.

Said's appearance at Talladega this weekend will be his second on the monster oval -- he competed at the track's ARCA race in 2003.

"I was having a blast, doing my thing and running well," recalled Said. "Then I got caught up in the big one. It was quite a baptism to superspeedway racing. I don't want to see the big one again."

Since that ARCA race, Said has competed in two other restrictor-plate races -- 2004 Bud Shootout at Daytona and this year's Daytona 500.

"Going into this race I really feel more comfortable and confident," explained Said. "Qualifying at a superspeedway is more about the car and team than the driver. And we have a great team led by our crew chief Frankie Stoddard."

Said's No. 36 CENTRIX Financial Chevrolet will be the same machine that he competed with in the Daytona 500. He was 11th fastest on Pole Day and finished 27th in the 500 even though his car suffered damage early in the race.

"I am going to treat Talladega like a 24-hour endurance race," noted Said. "I want to make the right decisions so I'm around at the end. I'm not going to be timid in the beginning as I was in Daytona, but I won't be overly aggressive either. I just want to finish on the lead lap and come away with at least a top-20 finish."

Said, who carved his exemplary racing stature on road courses, also competed in the Texas Nextel Cup race two weeks ago and came away with a 27th-place finish.

After Talladega, Said's next Cup race will be the Coca-Cola 600 -- May 29.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Boris Said , Pedro Lamy