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Said, Drissi to drive at Sonoma

June 19, 2012, ,

Drivers' additions double the number of road course specialists for Sunday's race

Boris Said and Tomy Drissi were added Tuesday to the entry list, doubling the total of road course specialists for Sunday's Toyota/SaveMart 350.

Said has been named to drive the No. 32 Ford normally driven by Reed Sorenson or Ken Schrader. Drissi will pilot the No. 10 Chevrolet, which has been driven in this season by Danica Patrick -- in Stewart-Haas equipment -- David Reutimann, Dave Blaney and Tony Raines. They'll join fellow "ringers" Brian Simo and David Mayhew in an attempt to defeat the Sprint Cup regulars at a road course for the first time since Mark Donohue climbed into Roger Penske's AMC Matador at Riverside in 1973.

Said has come closest to breaking through with a victory. In 43 Cup starts, the son of former two-time Olympic bobsledder Bob Said has eight top 10s, including a pair of sixth-place finishes at Sonoma -- one of those coming after winning the pole in 2003.

This will be Drissi's Cup debut. In three previous Nationwide starts, the Hollywood, Calif., native's best finish was 18th at Montreal in 2010. He drove Rick Ware's No. 75 twice in 2011, finishing 27th at Watkins Glen and 34th at Montreal.

Robby Gordon, who had been a full-time Cup driver until this year, hopes to make his third start of the season. He had engine issues at Daytona and lost his brakes at Phoenix, resulting in a pair of 41st-place finishes.