Los Angeles, CA. – September 17, 2019 – Virginia International Raceway’s circuit is a favorite autumn race destination for Trans Am and SVRA teams and this year is no exception. Among those absolutely raring to go this weekend is 2009 Trans Am Champion Tomy ‘The Rockin’ Moroccan’ Drissi who returned from an enforced spell on the sidelines in this year’s Trans Am presented by Pirelli Championship TA Class with a fine podium third place finish at Watkins Glen earlier this month.
Drissi finished the race at the Glen snapping at the rear of Championship challenger Chris Dyson and the Angeleno pilot will again expect to be up with the pace at VIR having qualified his Burtin Racing prepared No. 8 Lucas Oil Slick Mist Chevrolet Camaro on the front two rows of the grid in every race he has competed in this year. Despite having missed three rounds in the middle of the season with a calf injury, Drissi has three podium finishes to his name in 2019 and has amassed 119 Championship points for a current standing of seventh out of the 29 Drivers to have competed in the prestigious TA, monstrous 850BHP, category this year.
”I can’t wait to get back in the car,” stated Tomy Drissi. “I thought we had a really good race going at Watkins Glen and it was great to be back on the podium. Looking forward to being at VIR this weekend – there are a lot of fans that show up for this event. This is a roller coaster of a ride at this track for drivers. High speed, high risk – very challenging track, very fast. The ascending esses are nuts, very crazy. I will really be putting the pressure on hard and for good results in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist Camaro. I know Burtin will have a great car for me!”
The Trans Am race at VIR is billed as the Heacock Classic and some of the best vintage and historic sports racing, Formula and Production GT race cars will grace the road course over the weekend. The grids are going to be featuring many of the best-known, and prestigious marques in racing, including: Lotus, Porsche, Shelby, Alfa, Corvette, MG and Jaguar. The American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am will return, pairing veteran NASCAR drivers with amateur racing partners driving Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs for a 45-minute race. The Hagerty Show and Shine Car Show will host over one hundred street and performance cars but few if any will outshine the stunning No. 8 Lucas Oil Slick Mist Camaro. The Trans-Am Series and Mazda Miata Heritage Cup will join SVRA at VIR as a part of their nationwide series.
As a further bonus, Trans Am returns to our screens September 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.
The action on the track this weekend gets underway with testing on Thursday. Qualifications are scheduled for Friday afternoon at 5:10 p.m. and the 100-mile feature TA race on Saturday, September 21 at 5:15 p.m.
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Video: In-car video below of Tomy Drissi and the No. 8 Lucas Oil Slick Mist Chevrolet Camaro at Watkins Glen International during the final three Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli laps of the race.