Monday
Aug282017

Drissi “Wrings Out” a Hard Earned 5th Place Finish in Trans Am at Road America

Driving the No. 8 Tony Ave Corvette, for Murder on the Orient Express (in theaters November 10), Tomy Drissi finished 5th in the rain soaked  101.2-mile Trans Am Road America Classic, featuring the TA, TA3 and TA4 classes. The weekend also featured the TA2 cars in the Road America Muscle Car Challenge. Joining the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at Road America this weekend was NASCAR Xfinity, holding its Johnsonville 180, and the ACRA Racing Series.  

Both Trans Am races, the TA, TA3 and TA4 Road America Classic, and the TA2 Road America Muscle Car Challenge, took place under wet conditions—varying in intensity throughout the iconic 4-mile course at Elkhart Lake.   

“It was a whirlwind weekend, to say the least,” said Drissi following Sunday’s slip n’ slide adventure. “We started out with some challenges early in the week during testing. It’s probably fair to say we had a driver failure and some engine gremlins. This put our guys under a ton of pressure to get the car ready for Saturday’s early round of practice, and as usual, they rose to the occasion. Tony Ave’s crew do a great job for us!”

“We worked hard on our qualifying set up,” added Tomy, “but we never really able to find that extra power to get us into the top three… but we had a good car, and given the prediction of rain for Sunday’s race, we felt we were in pretty good shape.”

“We started the race 6th on the grid,” noted Tomy. “I was clear in my mind of what I needed to do; keep out of trouble, keep the leaders in sight and wait for the last 20 minutes of the race. Unfortunately, when you’re caught in the middle, there’s a lot of moving around and jockeying for position. Given we were on a wet track, drivers were also looking for a dryer line. Sure enough, people started slipping and sliding and getting in each other’s way. This allowed the front runners to open up their lead. We finally caught a caution around lap 15 and that brought the field back together.”

“On the restart,” Tomy continued, “though I could see the front of the pack, I was separated by lapped traffic. Rain was starting to come down again and you couldn’t always get on the power where you could make the most of it. I could see David [Pintaric] in the #57 car… but we had traffic between us… so we both had to exercise a lot of patience, be smooth and make smart choices. I got back up to 5th, but time ran out on me.”

“We’ll take the 5th place finish,” said Tomy. “The crew did a great job. I think I put in a great effort under the conditions we were faced with… we’ll head on over to Watkins Glen and find our way to victory circle. We’ll keep digging!”

The Trans Am Series will now head east to Watkins Glen International for Round 9 of the Trans Am Championship on September 10.

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