FIFTH-PLACED SAID LEADS TRANS-AM SERIES VETERANS IN MEXICO CITY BUSCH SERIES INAUGURAL MEXICO CITY (March 6, 2005) -- 2002 Trans-Am Series Drivers' Champion Boris Said recovered from a pit miscue to finish fifth in Sunday's Telcel Motorola...
FIFTH-PLACED SAID LEADS TRANS-AM SERIES VETERANS IN MEXICO CITY BUSCH SERIES INAUGURAL
MEXICO CITY (March 6, 2005) -- 2002 Trans-Am Series Drivers' Champion Boris Said recovered from a pit miscue to finish fifth in Sunday's Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 NASCAR Busch Series race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Said, a nine-year veteran of Trans-Am racing, was joined by fellow Trans-Am veterans Ron Fellows and Robby Gordon in the event, NASCAR's first in Mexico. Defending Busch Series champion Martin Truex, Jr. won the event, ahead of Kevin Harvick.
Said was penalized for pitting on lap 46 under the yellow flag when the pits were closed. The penalty placed the Carlsbad, Calif. resident on the tail end of the longest line. Said fought his way back during the waning laps to record the top five--in just his fourth Busch Series start--in the No. 1 Yellow Freight Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Said plans to run a part-time Trans-Am schedule again this year, driving the familiar No. 33 ACS Express Mustang fielded by Mike Davis. Said won his 13th Trans-Am Series event last season, at Infineon Raceway, and recorded three more podium finishes. Said is also racing in select NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races this year.
Fellows (No. 87 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo) was involved in several on-track incidents, and retired from the event early after being caught up in a multi-car crash on lap 55. Fellows has 19 wins in 99 Trans-Am starts. Fellows most recently competed in Trans-Am last year, wheeling a Derhaag Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Corvette. Fellows previously competed in Mexico City in Trans-Am's most recent race there, in 1991. Fellows finished second that year, behind Scott Sharp.
Gordon (No. 83 Chevrolet Monte Carlo) also fell out, on lap 56. Gordon won in his sole Trans-Am start, driving a Roush Racing Ford Mustang at the 1992 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The Trans-Am Series kicks off its first race of 2005 at Long Beach during the Champ Car World Series weekend, April 9-10. The Trans-Am Series race will occupy its traditional slot, just following the Champ Car race on Sunday. The race will air on a tape-delayed basis on SPEED. Check local listings for times and dates.
The Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 40th consecutive year of competition in 2005.