BUSCH: Watkins Glen: Said fans pay tribute

SAID HEADS TO INVADE THE GLEN STATESVILLE, NC (August 11, 2006)- Its not very often that you see 400 people walking around wearing the same curly haired, white man's afro-wig. But you will at this weekend's NASCAR Busch Series race at Watkins...

SAID HEADS TO INVADE THE GLEN

STATESVILLE, NC (August 11, 2006)- Its not very often that you see 400 people walking around wearing the same curly haired, white man's afro-wig. But you will at this weekend's NASCAR Busch Series race at Watkins Glen International Raceway.

Ingersoll Rand will bring a crew of employees and guests of the company who will be wearing 'Said Heads', the authentic signature afro-wig of multi-race series competitor and up-and-coming NASCAR driver Boris Said. The wig, made to look exactly like Said's unique curly-locks, has become a craze among Boris Said race fans everywhere.

The group will also be sporting signature t-shirts, specially designed by Ingersoll Rand for the weekend's event. Half of them are black, and read "Who Said?" and the other half are grey and answer "Boris Said." But, with the combination of the afro-wigs and the bold-lettered grey and black t-shirts, you can guarantee that by the end of the day, no one will be asking, "Who Said?"

The crew, made up of employees and guests of the company, is 400 people strong and will be impossible to miss. Not only will they be floating around the garage area, but they will also all be sitting together in the grandstands during the running of the NASCAR Busch Series Zippo 200. Ingersoll Rand, sponsor of Said's No. 9 Dodge Charger for the Zippo 200, purchased a whole block of tickets for them in the Frontstretch Grandstand, sections two through six, as a way to show their excitement and support for Said, who excels on road courses.

In his last outing in a NASCAR-sanctioned Busch Series road-course event, Said drove the No. 9 Ingersoll Rand Dodge Charger to a near-win, bringing home a second place finish after posting a pole-winning qualifying run at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.

But NASCAR is not what has made Said a road-course racing superstar.

It is his time and wins on the countless different road courses in diverse series' across the globe that made him the racer he is today. The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), Corvette Challenge, IMSA, and LeMans is scratching the surface of mentioning the series' he has competed in. His career highlights include his Rookie of the Year honors in the Corvette Challenge series, the SCCA Showroom Stock GT National Championships three years straight (89-91), IMSA Endurance Challenge Sport Championship, and a win-from-the-pole at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. Said is well-respected in the NASCAR garage area as a road-course specialist, with many of the NEXTEL Cup teams calling on him to test with and train their drivers in preparation for the series' two road course races.

So, its fitting that Ingersoll Rand would go all out at Watkins Glen, being that it is a road course. That was no coincidence.

And Said is revved up about it too.

"I'm excited about racing at Watkins Glen with the whole No. 9 Ingersoll Rand Evernham Motorsports team," stated Said. "Not only do we have a great team and a legitimate change to win, we are going to have a whole crew of Ingersoll-Rand Boris Said look-a-likes hanging out, showing their support for us. That's pretty cool. I am looking forward to seeing them all together. Four-hundred of them will be a sight, for sure."

So, if you find yourself scratching your head at the track this weekend when you see a bunch of people in grey and black t-shirts wearing big afro-wigs, do not be afraid. You've just had an encounter with an invader from the tribe of the newest wave of race fans: the Said Heads.

-credit: evernham motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Boris Said