Tomy Drissi Returns to Portland International Raceway for Trans Am West
July 25, 2018
Back in the #8 Burtin Racing GoShare Camaro, Tomy Drissi returns to Portland International Raceway for the Trans Am West Series race, July 27-29. No stranger to the historic raceway, Tomy won the 2009 Trans Am Rose Cup Classic driving his Jaguar XKR. He went on to win the 2009 Trans Am Driver’s Championship.
Ironically, that win came over Tomy’s friend and Trans Am West nemesis, Greg Pickett. Pickett had spent 16 laps chasing down Tomy’s pole sitting Jag. Tomy recaptured the lead on lap 28, while Pickett ultimately blew up his XKR engine on the front straightaway on lap 44. Todd Harris went on to finish second and Trans Am stalwart, Tony Ave, finished third.
“That was a great race,” Tomy recalled. “We had a good car all weekend… but Greg was wicked-fast and as we all know, he’s an incredible competitor. Had Greg not gone up in smoke, it would have been a two car battle down to the last lap. We’d have been close… I mean stupid close. I know we’d have been rubbing on each other. It was going to be him or me… I hated what happened, but that’s racing and we were certainly happy to take the win.”
In 2017, the roar of Trans Am machinery was heard on Portland’s 1.927-mile surface for the first time since the Trans Am race in 2009. Though Tomy was not able to attend the 2017 event, Greg Picket went on to win, becoming the first Trans Am driver to claim victory in five decades. His win was the 18th of his career and his 183rd start. Pickett’s unparalleled career in Trans Am, features wins coming in five consecutive decades: the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 2010s.
While Tomy currently leads the Driver’s Championship, Pickett will most likely be stalking him again at Portland. The two have one of the friendliest rivalries in racing.
“Greg is one of the nicest guys in the sport,” said Tomy, “and I love racing with him. You always come into these situations wanting to win, but if you take second place to Greg, you know you’ve have had a good day racing against one of the best.”
“We’ll be at the top of our game for the weekend,” added Tomy. “The Burtin Racing crew are notorious for putting a well prepared car on the grid and we’re confident we can dial in the right setup for Portland. It’s a fun track and a great track for racing. It’s got an old-school feel to it and it’s perfect for these Trans Am cars. It’s going to be a great show!”
The action get’s underway with practice and qualifying on Saturday with the Trans Am feature race taking the green flag Sunday at 11:05AM PST. The race will be 51 laps or 75 min. (100.47 miles).
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