Tomy Drissi Heads to Circuit of the Americas and the Penultimate Round of the 2017 Trans Am Season
November 2, 2017
Driving the No. 8 Murder on the Orient Express Corvette, for Tony Ave Racing, Tomy Drissi is geared up for the final two races of the TransAm season. Tomy will be on track November 3 - 5 at Circuit of the Americas and then on today Daytona for the season finale November 11.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the Corvette and doing some TransAm racing,” said Tomy. “Circuit of the Americas is such a great race track. I’m anticipating some really close racing. It’s both a technical track and a fast track… if you get it right, you reap the rewards. Get in wrong and you’ll be playing catch-up all afternoon.”
Tomy knows about getting it right. Just off a high profile win at Road Atlanta and the IMSA 10 hour finale, Petit Le Mans, Tomy and his teammates brought home a victory in the Prototype Challenge class.
“We had a great week at Petit Le Mans,” noted Tomy. “We had a great group of guys driving the car and fantastic support from our crew at BAR1 Motorsports. It’s such a tough race… to run 10 hours and keep it all together is no easy task. And that last hour… man, when you’re out front, that last hour feels like a lifetime. You just want to see that checkered flag come out.”
“Obviously, there’s a big difference between our TransAm Corvette and a finicky Prototype,” added Tomy. “But the feeling you get with a win never changes. It’s something you take with you into the next race. It adds a sense of calm to your approach and the confidence you need to win. You know you can win… you know how to settle down and do what you need to do. So, I’m excited about the next to weekends.”
The Circuit of the Americas’ weekend will feature two 102.81-mile, 30-lap races around the 3.427-mile course, the TA, TA3 and TA4 Trans American, and the TA2 exclusive Trans American Muscle Car Challenge. Fans will get to witness the first coming together of both Trans Am’s primary and West Coast championships since the latter’s inception earlier this year. Drissi is the only TA competitor to have competed in both Championships. He is currently 6th in the primary TransAm Series and 2nd in the West Coast Championships.
For competitors in the Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli, the back-to-back races mark the close out for the season, with COTA representing the last chance to grab vital points before heading back east to Daytona International Speedway, November 11.
For drivers in the Trans Am West Coast Championship presented by Pirelli, COTA stands as the season finale with three class champions to be crowned—the culmination of Trans Am’s first year back on the West Coast since 2005.
Fans of music and motorsport alike can join Trans Am for a special performance by Austin’s own Eric Tessmer Friday, November 3, at 7 PM CT in Paddock A. The concert is free to all credentialed and ticketed attendees and presented by AquaStar, Fast Five Racing and Lux Performance.
Trans Am Circuit of the Americas Schedule:
Friday November 3, 2017
11:20 AM – 11:58 AM TA/TA3/TA4 Practice
12:00 PM – 12:40 PM TA2 Practice
5:00 PM – 5:18 PM TA Qualifying
5:20 PM – 5:38 PM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
5:40 PM – 5:58 PM TA2 Qualifying
7:00 PM Eric Tessmer Concert
Saturday November 4, 2017
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Trans American – TA, TA3 TA4
4:35 PM – 5:50 PM Trans American Muscle Car Challenge – TA2
*all times central
Murder on the Orient Express opens November 10, 2017, it’s a lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery, from the novel by Agatha Christie. It’s about thirteen stranded strangers & one man's race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. It stars Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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Tomy Drissi is an American driver and Trans Am Champion.
His driver experience includes ALMS, Trans-Am, NASCAR and Speed World Challengea
Born December 9 in Hollywood, California, Tomy owns an advertising firm that produces upcoming film displays for cinemas.
Drissi's first racing experience in motorsports was street racing on Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills.
Tomy’s professional racing career highlights include:
• 1999 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year,
• 2000 Trans-Am BBS Most Improved Driver,
• 2000 Trans-Am Crew of the Year
• 2000 Trans-Am Long Beach Champion
• 2009 Trans-Am Champion.
• 2010 ALMS (one off race) Prototype LMP1 3rd. at Mid Ohio
• 2011 saw Tomy's return to the American Le Mans LMPC division. He scored a 2nd at Long Beach, 3rd at Lime Rock, 1st at Mid Ohio,1st at Inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix and second at Road Atlanta -Petit Le Mans.
• 2012, Drissi teamed with Bruno Junqiera for finishing 2nd at Laguna Seca, a win at Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsports Park), 2nd at Baltimore and second at the season finale, Petit Lemans.
• 2013 NASCAR CUP/Nationwide. Best result at Mid Ohio starting 38th and finishing 19th.
• 2014 IMSA LMPC at Daytona 3rd.
• 2014 NASCAR CUP/Nationwide. Finished 19th at The Glen
• 2015 TUDOR Series. 2nd Place Rolex 24 at Daytona
• 2016 WeatherTech Series. 2nd Place Rolex 24 at Daytona
• 2017 WeatherTech Series. 1st Place Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta
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