BORIS SAID PLAYS SPOILER AT SAN JOSE; WINS SECOND 2005 TRANS-AM POLE SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 29, 2005) -- Boris Said went two for two in 2005 Friday at the Grand Prix of San Jose, winning his second Trans-Am pole in just his second start...
BORIS SAID PLAYS SPOILER AT SAN JOSE; WINS SECOND 2005 TRANS-AM POLE
SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 29, 2005) -- Boris Said went two for two in 2005 Friday at the Grand Prix of San Jose, winning his second Trans-Am pole in just his second start this season for tomorrow's Cytomax Sport Drink 100. Said, driving the No. 33 ACS Express Ford Mustang, turned in a 1:04.899-minute lap (80.322 miles per hour) on the 1.448-mile temporary street course.
Rookie German driver Klaus Graf was second fastest in the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR and earns one bonus point for the outside pole, while points leader Randy Ruhlman (No. 49 Preformed Line Products Chevrolet Corvette) was third quickest. Greg Pickett (No. 6 Cytomax Jaguar XKR) and Joey Scarallo (No. 06 Group A Wheels/Autotrend/Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette) completed the top five. Said will start fifth tomorrow due to Trans-Am's Fast Five invert, while Scarallo will roll off first.
Said, the 2002 Trans-Am Drivers' Champion, is running a part-time Trans-Am effort this year, while he spends the bulk of his time competing in NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup Series. Said earned three bonus points for the pole.
"This is an interesting situation because the guys on my left and right are racing for points and I'm just racing to win," said Said. "I have a really fast Ford Mustang. When they announced this race, I jumped at the chance. It's a unique place to have an auto race. This is the Wall Street of the West Coast. To see the fans out here and all of the fun they're having, this is a great place to have a car race. I think it's going to be a good show for the fans.
"This is going to be a really physically demanding race track," added Said. "It's going to be fun charging up from fifth. I'm sure we'll trade some paint and give the fans a great show."
Graf moved to within 15 points of Ruhlman with the outside pole bonus points. Graf lost a wheel in today's practice and turned his first laps of the weekend during qualifying.
"This was basically my first session this weekend," said Graf. "We had trouble early in the practice session, so we really didn't get any time then. I put up some good laps. We have tomorrow. It's pretty wild out there. We have a lot of cars this weekend. I'm pretty happy with my position and the bonus point. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Ruhlman was pleased with his third starting position and said he is expecting an interesting race tomorrow.
"We're pleased with third," said Ruhlman. "We made some changes on the car based on the few laps we turned in practice. We have to go back and make some more changes because the track is starting to grip up. I think there is a lot more we can do to make the car fast and more reliable in the long run. This race is going to boil down to being heads up and watching yourself and the field around you."
Paul Fix won the GT-1 Class pole in the No. 77 Stop Flex/Total Power Battery/Drive Magazine/Pennzoil Ford Mustang), while Rudy Revak won the GTA pole in the No. 99 Symmetry Nutritional Ford Taurus.
Final practice is scheduled for tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. The Cytomax Sport Drink 100 is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. PDT. The race will air on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. on SPEED Channel.