Mexico City: Said - Ford Friday interview

Boris Said takes to the wheel of the No. 25 No Fear/Team Smithfield Ford Fusion debut this weekend at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Said an established road racer talks about mentoring Roush Fenway Racing's Colin Braun and Erik ...

Boris Said takes to the wheel of the No. 25 No Fear/Team Smithfield Ford Fusion debut this weekend at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Said an established road racer talks about mentoring Roush Fenway Racing's Colin Braun and Erik Darnell and what it takes to win the challenging road course.

BOTH COLIN BRAUN AND ERIK DARNELL GIVE YOU A LOT OF CREDIT FOR HELPING THEM GET READY FOR THIS RACE. "Yeah, I've been working a lot with all the Roush guys, I'm kind of contracted to do that to help the road racing. I personally don't think Colin is going to need any help from anyone. I think he is going to be probably one of the guys that are going to battle to win this race. They were great to work with and good kids. I hope I can beat 'em. I want to beat my pupil."

YOU'VE HAD SOME SUCCESS HERE IN THE PAST. "Yeah, I've been on the pole and I've had three top-five finishes, I think second, third and fifth, I've finished. I've never raced a Ford in the Nationwide Series, so maybe the first time will be a charm."

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN HERE? "Patience. You've got to be there with 10 laps to go and have your car in one piece -- that's the hardest thing on a road course in this series. You've got to make the right calls when to pit and if you can do all of that and your car is set-up right, then you have a chance."

WHAT ABOUT BRAKES? "Brakes are critical on a road course. You've got to have good brakes. We switched over to Performance Friction Brakes this year and I think that's made a big difference in our program. I don't have any worries there. But on any road course, that probably the key ingredient to your car's performance."

ON DRIVING THE NO. 25 THIS WEEKEND. "I'm just glad that Ed Rensi and I were able to put a deal together. I know he was a long time McDonalds exec and I feel like I own stock in that company because I eat there so much. He was really easy to work with and we put a great deal together. I'm just excited to do it and hopefully we can help their team stay up there in the points."

ARE YOU WORKING WITH YOUR NO FEAR CREW THIS WEEKEND? "Basically what happened was that Ed Rensi contracted Frankie Stoddard to put the whole thing together for the two races outside the country because they were a little short on people. In making my deal with them, I brought the sponsorship with our No Fear Racing team and I wanted to work with Frankie. So he had all the confidence in the world that Frankie could put a deal together, prep the cars and do all that. That's all Frankie."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Boris Said , Colin Braun , Erik Darnell