Said steals pole in Long Beach

The recently-turned NASCAR Cup driver, Boris Said returned to the Trans-Am Championship series to steal the pole away form the heavily favored Rocketsports Racing Jaguars. "It feels good to be back in Trans-Am, these cars are a lot of fun ...

The recently-turned NASCAR Cup driver, Boris Said returned to the Trans-Am Championship series to steal the pole away form the heavily favored Rocketsports Racing Jaguars.

"It feels good to be back in Trans-Am, these cars are a lot of fun to drive," commented Said who will also between other venues be hading to Germany to race the 24 hours of Nurburgring.

Said who last weekend was having fun in Fontana for the Grand-Am Cup race at California Speedway admitted he "was looking forward to racing on the streets of Long Beach."

Said ran a fast time of 1:22.406 in the ACS Ford Mustang traveling at 85.974 around the 1.968-mile circuit to clinch the top spot for the first time in his long Trans-Am career.

"We only ran four laps," Said explained on his qualifying session. "The grip just wasn't there today."

However, he will slot fifth on the grid as the top five will be inverted; an old method brought back into play. Were the Jaguar XKRs sand-bagging? A question that may not have a clear answer; yet, Gentilozzi did comment on his aim during qualifying.

"The inversion this year adds a new twist," added Said. "We talked about sand-bagging a little bit, but that's just not the way I race. I go as fast as I can go no matter what. Every Trans-Am race at Long Beach has been the most exciting race of the weekend. This should be another exciting race."

Fifth fastest Greg Pickett in the NO. 6 Cytomax Jaguar and Randy Ruhlman (fourth) in his No. 49 Preformed Line Products Corvette will start on the front row.

The second row has third fastest in qualifying and team/owner driver Paul Gentilozzi in his Rocketsports No. 1 Jaguar alongside teammate Tomy Drissi in the No. 5 Jaguar. Gentilozzi is the defending series champion.

"We hung back a little bit, trying for fifth," said the outspoken Gentilozzi. "We thought we had the right time, but then Boris went out and set a really fast time for the amount of grip out there. We're happy with our starting position, behind Randy (Ruhlman) and Greg (Pickett). The race should go our way."

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Paul Gentilozzi , Randy Ruhlman , Greg Pickett