Boris Said, who will drive the #01 Chevrolet in the Bud Shootout [February 7], joined Joe Nemechek and the U.S. Army team last week in Thursday's final day of testing at Daytona International Speedway.

"The goal was to get out there to feel the bumps, to feel the air and to just get a good handle of the track," commented Said, who earned a spot in the Bud Shootout by qualifying on the pole when he drove the #01 Army Car in last year's road race in California.

"This [superspeedway racing] is all new to me. The seat time I got today was valuable. Now I get to go home and think about it for a few weeks. I can't wait to come back here and jump in the U.S. Army car for the Bud Shootout. That will be a dream come true."

Nemechek and the Army team maintained its consistency Thursday with another strong performance on the historic 2.5-mile tri-oval.

"It's been a great three days," said Nemechek. "We have a fast car, learned a lot and accomplished our mission. As far as qualifying is concerned for the Daytona 500 the work is done at the shop. The guys at the shop determine how fast this car will go and they are doing a good job. Though we've established a good baseline, we still could use a little more speed. I guess every team feels the same way."

The next test session for the U.S. Army car will be for downforce cars at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, January 26-29.



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