Said To Hit The Road In No 77
April 23, 2001 | 6:00 P.M. EST
This year it’s the No. 77 Jasper Motorsports team that has acquired Said’s services for the races at Sonoma, Calif., and Watkins Glen, N.Y. Said will replace Robert Pressley, the regular driver of the Jasper Taurus, at Sears Point on June 24 and at Watkins Glen on Aug. 12.
Currently running 31st in the Winston Cup points standings, Pressley said he’ll gladly step aside to help the team’s chances at the road course venues.
"Boris is a road course racer," Pressley said. "We need to do what’s best for this Jasper team. That has always been our goal. When we needed a strong leader a couple of years ago, we went out and got (crew chief) Ryan Pemberton, because that’s what we needed to make this team strong.
"Now it’s my turn to do what’s best. I have every confidence that Boris’ experience will make this worthwhile. And, I promise I’ll be cheering on the team, because they are there every week rooting for me."
Said competes full time in the SCCA Trans Am Series as well as the Speedvision World Challenge Series and the American LeMans Series. He has seen his share of action on the twists and turns of Sears Point and Watkins Glen in the Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, however.
At Sears Point in 1998, he qualified injured Winston Cup regular Jimmy Spencer’s car before relieving him and finishing 20th. He also posted the fastest time in practice for the 1999 race there before engine failure in both qualifying sessions kept him from making the field. Suspension problems took him out of last year’s race at Sears Point, when he drove a second car for Spencer.
At Watkins Glen, he qualified second for the 1999 event before experiencing engine failure. Last year, he recorded the fastest lap times in both practice sessions but was left out of the field was qualifying was rained out.
Said won the final NCTS event held at Sears Point in 1998 and finished third at Watkins Glen the same year.
"I’m excited about this," Said stated. "I’ve tried to do the road races the last two years and I’ve always had bad luck. This is the best chance I’ve had and the best equipment I’ve ever had, so I’m just excited to get out there and run. To have a Penske Jasper engine and Jasper transmission and differential, a well-prepared car and a good pit crew will be a first for me. Hopefully, I’ll make the best of it.
"It takes a big man to step out from behind the wheel like Robert has for these two races. I don’t know if I could do it. It says a lot about how serious this team is about winning races, and I’m sure in due time it will happen for them together."