Wednesday
Sep262018

Late Race Tire Cut Drops Drissi to 8th at VIR

Watkins Glen winner and two-time Trans Am Champion Tomy Drissi put in a hard day at the office, driving his No. 8 Burtin Racing The Predator Camaro at VIR, Saturday.

Embroiled in a midfield battle for the entire race, Drissi slipped one place on the grid to eighth at the flag. Lacking the performance edge he had at the Glen, Drissi was nevertheless full of praise for his Burtin Racing partner and vowed to continue helping him win the title.

“We had a top five car this weekend,” said Tomy. Unfortunately, I rubbed someone trying to pass, cut a tire and had to come in.”  

“The team did a great, fast job in getting me back out,” said Drissi. “But only had enough time to get back up to eighth place. Even though this was a pretty tough race for me, I’m so happy for Loshak.”

“We’ve won two races in a row,” noted Tomy. “I won at Watkins Glen and now Loshack has  won here at VIR. Just spectacular. I’m going to do everything in my power to help him win this championship.”

“We didn’t finish the way we wanted to,” added Tomy. “We were missing a little bit of speed – sometimes it’s tough. I’m a little frustrated. We’re here to win, not drive around but as a team we won. Last weekend as a team we won. If we can win a couple more races I think we’re going to have a Champion on our hands.”

 Thanks to all the fans at VIR and Tony Parella with all he is doing – this was such a great event this weekend with Trans Am and SVRA. Trans Am is the best racing in the world.

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will return to action at Circuit of The Americas, Trans Am’s penultimate round, November 1-4 where Burtin Racing will be looking to extend their excellent run of form.

Fans can keep up with the Trans AM Series presented by Pirelli throughout the event at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.

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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 Three wins in the Trans Am Series

•    2017 WeatherTech Series. 1st Place Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

•    2018 Trans Am Series West Champion