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MONTREAL -- Boris Said is still riding high after winning his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race last weekend in Montreal. Said took a few minutes on Tuesday to talk with Ford Racing about getting back to Victory Lane and what lies ahead for his NASCAR career.
Q. YOU’RE RECOGNIZED AS A ROAD COURSE SPECIALIST AND YOU’VE ALWAYS EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO BE A FULL-TIME STOCK CAR DRIVER, BUT YOU PROBABLY NEVER THOUGHT YOU’D BE A DRAG RACER. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH WHAT YOU HAD TO BE AT THE END OF SUNDAY’S RACE, RIGHT?
A. I didn’t expect it, but I sure am glad that Doug Yates and Jack Roush build good motors because it out-dragged that Chevy motor, no problem.
Q. IS THIS JUST ANOTHER STEP IN THE PROCESS FOR YOU REALIZING YOUR NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES DREAM?
A. Yeah, one of my bucket list goals is to try to win in all three series in NASCAR and that just ticked off another box. I know that winning in Cup is an even loftier goal, but I’m still gonna try and do it and I’m gonna keep working at it. No matter who says it can’t be done, I’m just gonna keep working at it until I can’t do it anymore. After Sunday it kind of feels like I made it to the top of Mount Everest and now it’s on to the next one.
Q. HAS YOUR PHONE BEEN RINGING A LOT SINCE SUNDAY AS FAR AS FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES THIS SEASON IN CUP OR NATIONWIDE?
A. No, but I look at the finish and the difference between winning and losing was a foot or two. When I got back to the hotel I had 170 text messages and hundreds of e-mails I haven’t even answered yet, so it’s just amazing how much one foot means in terms of what people think about how you did. I don’t know if it’s gonna open up opportunities, but, hopefully, I’m trying to put my deal together for next year – even if it’s part-time – it should help me with that.
Q. WHAT’S THE REALISTIC GOAL FOR YOU NEXT YEAR?
A. I think for me to do a full schedule on my own is just a lofty goal. I’m really gonna look more realistically as far as sponsorship goes and just try to find a part-time deal, where I can give them all the road races, Daytona and maybe Indianapolis – just do the big, marquee races – and try to get a sponsor that just wants to dabble and get some good visibility dabbling. I think that’s my niche, so that’s what I’m gonna go after.
Q. IS THAT ALL IT BOILS DOWN TO FOR YOU IS SPONSORSHIP?
A. Yeah, that’s the only question. I have something that money can’t buy and that’s the relationship I have with Jack Roush, the information that he gives me, and the equipment I’m allowed to use is very valuable. It’s a valuable commodity that all the money in the world just can’t buy, so I’m thinking that will help me find some sponsorship.
Q. WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
A. I’ll probably be at Fontana watching when NASCAR comes to town because that’s my backyard, but I’m going to be at Petit Le Mans running that GT40 for the first time there, so I’m looking forward to that a lot. It’s gonna be fun.