Driving the #26 JGL Racing Toyota Camry, Tomy Drissi put his efforts toward supporting and bringing exposure to The Arthritis Foundation. Racing in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville, Drissi’s Toyota Camry carried the livery for The Arthritis Foundation and Universal Picture’s new release, Straight Outta Compton.
“It was an up and down weekend for us,” said Tomy. “We blew an engine within the first few laps of Friday practice… then lost another session to weather. That really put us behind for race day.”
“In the race, the car felt pretty good,” Tomy continued. “But as luck would have it, we got caught up with a few cars on the opening lap. I was really staying back… just wanting to get into a rhythm of the race. Unfortunately, we got collected up and damaged the front splitter. When I ended up in the gravel off track, the splitter was pushed down and dug in… I was stranded down in turn 5.”
“Credit goes to the JGL crew,” added Tomy. “They got the car back out there and even though we were several laps down, the car was running great. Our lap times indicated we could have had a finish near the top 10. The car was really pretty good. I’m glad we were able to get out their though and bring attention to The Arthritis Foundation and promote our Universal Pictures partner along with Straight Outta Compton!”
About the Arthritis Foundation:
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4.2 million reader
Straight Outta Compton
Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how they revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. Entrenched in the racial tumult of Los Angeles in the mid-1980’s, a group of aspiring rappers banded together to revolutionize the global consumption of hip-hop and popular culture. NWA was born out of racial frustration and the disadvantaged economics of their South Central neighborhood. F. Gary Gray directs this biopic about the rise to stardom for the act that earned the moniker of “The World’s Most Dangerous Group”, featuring Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. playing the role of his father, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, and Jason Mitchell as the late Eazy-E.
Tomy Drissi is an American driver and Trans Am Champion.
His driver experience includes ALMS, Trans-Am, NASCAR and Speed World Challenge.
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