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Boris Said, Roush Fenway to conduct Road America test for NASCAR

By Lee Montgomery

NASCAR will conduct a single-team test at Road America on March 24 with driver Boris Said and Roush Fenway Racing.

The test is in preparation for the Nationwide Series race there on June 19. NASCAR conducted similar tests before racing at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

All data collected from the test at Road America will be available for all Nationwide Series teams.

"Boris and RFR will provide plenty of data from Road America that we’ll share with the teams so they can prepare their setups accordingly without being on the track," Nationwide Series Director Joe Balash said. "Their data will give the teams a starting point when they come in for a full day of practice the day before the official start of on-track activity.

"This is a demanding road course with multiple elevation changes and a number of hard-braking areas that will create some exciting passing and challenging side-by-side racing. It’s a long course — 4.048 miles — with 14 turns that offer great vantage points all around for the fans. We’re excited to have the opportunity to race there."

Said is a proven road racer who will not run the June 19 race. Roush Fenway competition director Mike Kelley will lead the test for the team.

This will be the first of two tests for the Nationwide Series this year. Teams will test May 18-19 at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the first race featuring the series’ new car on July 2, also at Daytona.