Boris Said Scores Second in Trans Am Race at Road America
Friend of K1 Speed and NASCAR/sports car veteran, Boris Said, scored second place in last weekend’s Road America Classic Trans Am race.
Boris aimed for consecutive Road America Classic race wins this weekend after a last-minute opportunity opened up with Burtin Racing. After impressing in practice, Boris sped his way to 3rd in qualifying.
During the race, Boris wisely chose to save his tires when he saw the two racers in front burning up theirs. A spin from one of the drivers gave Boris second place and in prime position to challenge for the win. Unfortunately, an overheating gearbox forced Boris’ hand, leaving him to nurse the car home and settle for the runner-up spot.
Quotes from Boris and Burtin:
“I had a blast all weekend. My first time with the Burtin Racing team and now I know why they are the Mercedes F1 team of the Trans Am paddock. We were great in practice and then unfortunately I let them down in qualifying due to my overdriving. We had a great race car in the race and after the start Chris and Ernie were really using up their tires so I hung back and was saving my car until the end. Unfortunately we developed a gearbox issue and we had to nurse it home in the end. We definitely had a winning car, it just wasn’t to be this weekend, but I really enjoyed the Burtin Racing team led by Gary and the boys.”
Claudio Burtin, the team principal and owner of Burtin Racing :
“It was a cool experience working with Boris. We’ve been friends for over twenty years and this is the first opportunity we’ve had to race together. I think we had a little bit more than we were able to show this weekend. Unfortunately the gearbox had a little bit of an overheating issue. I’m sure the gearbox looks like pure shrapnel. It was like grenades blew up inside! We’ll take it apart and see what happened in there.”
Boris Back in a Camaro
Boris drove the 850bhp ECR Engine-powered No. 3 GoShare/Elavon/Axalta Burtin Racing Chevrolet Camaro – one of the quickest cars on the grid this season.
Boris is no stranger to racing success in Camaros, as some of his earliest victories were behind the wheel of Camaro in the late 80s/90s when he was winning the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road Atlanta. Boris has won the Trans Am race at Road America three times. In fact, his very first TA win was at this iconic circuit back in 1995.
The opportunity presented itself due to a calf injury for the car’s regular driver – Tomy Drissi. Of course, Boris leapt at the chance to get back behind the wheel.