Boris Said replacing Jeffrey Earnhardt in the #33 at Sonoma

Road course ringer Boris Said will make his return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series when the series heads to the first road course of the season at Sonoma Raceway. He will drive the #33 Chevrolet SS for Circle Sport/The Motorsports Group. The news was released via Twitter on Tuesday.

Said is a known commodity among teams looking for drivers with road racing experience. Of former sports car veteran’s 52 races in the Cup Series since his debut in 1999, 32 have come at road courses Sonoma and Watkins Glen International, recording seven top-10 finishes and a best finish of 3rd at the Glen in 2005. Since 2012, he had driven the #32 Ford for Go Fas Racing at the road courses, recording a best finish of 18th at Sonoma in 2013. In 2016, he ran only the Watkins Glen race as Patrick Carpentier drove at Sonoma; Said finished 24th.

The 54-year-old New Yorker has success at NASCAR’s lower series. He ran two full seasons in the Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series in 1997 and 1998, winning at Sonoma in the latter. In the Xfinity Series, his lone series win came at a road course (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2010), while all nine of his top-10 finishes in the series have also come in road races.

In 2017, Said is competing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for SunEnergy1 Racing, driving the #75 Mercedes AMG GT3.  In three races run so far, he has a best finish of 3rd at the 12 Hours of Sebring, in which he started on the pole. Prior to the series’ formation, he ran in its predecessors, the Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series, winning ten and four races, respectively, along with the 2004 Rolex Sports Car Series GT championship.  He has also won the 1997 and 1998 24 Hours of Daytona and the 2005 24 Hours Nürburgring.

With Said in the #33 car, barring the addition of a second car by CS/TMG, Earnhardt will be without a ride for the weekend.  Earnhardt is currently 37th in the drivers’ standings with no top-20 finishes and a best run of 26th at the Daytona 500.

The Toyota/Save Mary 350 at Sonoma will take place on Sunday, June 25,

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