Well, maybe a road-course ringer will have a legitimate shot at a Sprint Cup win in three weeks when the Sprint Cup Series heads to Watkins Glen.
"I've known [Red Bull GM] Jay Frye and [crew chief] Ryan [Pemberton] forever, and have run for them a bunch of times," Said said. "[Frye] has been calling me, and things worked out so I jumped at the chance.
"Red Bull is in so many forms of racing, so you never know what could happen from this opportunity. Hopefully it'll give me wings."
"He's better than 'best available,' " Frye said. "He's a phenomenal talent and an even better guy. He's been close to winning one of these things in the past. We have great history with him, and we have great expectations with him in the car."
Said started the season in the no. 26 car that David Stremme now drives for Latitude 43 Motorsports, but has only run Sonoma after running the first four races of the season.
Said is the fourth driver to fill in for Brian Vickers, the main driver of the no. 83 who is out for the season with blood clots. Casey Mears filled in immediately after Vickers' was sidelined, while Mattias Ekstrom drove at Sonoma and Indianapolis will mark Reed Sorenson's fourth race with the team.
The ride with Red Bull also gives Said a chance to renew his tiff with Tony Stewart, after the two got into it on the cool-down lap at Sonoma. The incident led to Latitude 43's crew chief, Frankie Stoddard, to scream some choice words at Stewart in the garage.
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