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May302013

Tomy Drissi All In At the Detroit Grand Prix

It's going to be an all out race-a-thon for Tomy Drissi at this year's Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle, as the Hollywood California based driver will drive the No. 18 "The Heat" Porsche in Saturday's Rolex Series Grand Am race and the No. 46 "The Internship" Porsche in both rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge Series on Saturday and Sunday.

Drissi is very upbeat about the Belle Isle venue.

"I love this event. It's a great track, a great crowd and a great American city. Every time I see the Detroit Grand Prix on the calendar, I want to be here.

"Again, I have to thank my friends, Rob and Charles Morgan and Tyler Tadevic. They've graciously offered up one of their Porches for the World Challenge races and we're once again teamed up with Jack Baldwin's GT Sport Racing / Gold Crest Motorsports to support the car throughout the weekend. We're hoping for better luck with the Porsche, though it's been tough given in the SCCA's performance balancing.

On the Grand Am portion of the weekend, Tomy will run with Muehlner Motorsports. Muehlner Motorsport made its Grand-Am debut at the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The Muehlner Motorsport Team has garnered experience at race circuits in Abu Dhabi, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, Dubai, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and the USA.

So far the team won 106 races and achieved 246 podium finishes. Eight Championships have been won outright, together with three runner-up placing. About 250 drivers from more than 30 countries have played a part in the team's success.

The US subsidiary Muehlner Motorsports America, LLC work from a shop in DeLand Florida only 15 miles away from the Daytona International Speedway.

"I'm really excited to run with the Muehlner guys and owe a big thank you to Bernhard Muehlner. The team is very focused and they run a very buttoned up operation. I'm looking forward to driving with Dion von Moltke and getting good results from the Porsche on the Belle Isle circuit.

"It's going to be a lot of fun getting our movie based Porsches in front of the Detroit fans. We'll be running "The Internship" on the World Challenge Porsche and "The Heat" on our Grand Am car."

In "The Heat," an uptight and straight-laced, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is a methodical investigator with a reputation for excellence--and hyper-arrogance. Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), one of Boston P.D.'s "finest," is foul-mouthed and has a very short fuse, and uses her gut instinct and street smarts to catch the most elusive criminals. Neither has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter. When these two wildly incompatible law officers join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, the director of "Bridesmaids."

"The Internship" will be opening in theaters June 7th starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.  In the movie, Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.

The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series returns to Belle Isle Park in Detroit for the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200. Tune in to SPEED on Saturday, June 1 at 5 p.m. ET as Action Express Racing looks to defend its 2012 win. The Motor Racing Network's race broadcast streams live at 12:15 p.m. ET on grand-am.com and live timing & scoring is also available.

The Pirelli World Challenge Series will race on the Streets of Detroit, as part of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 31-June 2. GT and GTS teams compete in two rounds this weekend. NBC Sports will broadcast the race Sunday, June 16th at 5PM eastern. Note, time and date subject to change. View live streaming on www.world-challengeTV.com day of races and continuously on demand after races.

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.

His 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 and Trans-Am Champion. In 2010 Tomy competed in Trans-Am taking 1 win, 1 pole, 3 podiums, 4 Top Fives, 7 Top Tens; He also competed in the American Le Mans Series LMP1 class at Mid-Ohio finishing 3rd. 2011 saw Tomy's return to the American Le Mans Series, 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. In 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.

Tomy is married to Lacy Livingston Drissi.

GRAND-AM was founded in 1999. The organization's first race was February 6, 2000, at Daytona International Speedway - the 38th Rolex 24 At Daytona.

GRAND-AM Road Racing has the largest sports car fan base in the United States, with nearly 20 million adults, and has also had the highest percentage growth of any major motorsports series on television over the past five years.

GRAND-AM sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. The Rolex Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge deliver professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the U.S. and Canada on SPEED and distributed globally through ESPN International.

Pirelli World Challenge Series: Now in its 24th consecutive season, the Pirelli World Challenge is one of North America's top production car-based racing championships. Divided into four separate categories (Pirelli World Challenge GT, Pirelli World Challenge GTS, Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car and Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car B-Spec), each race features thrilling standing starts, adrenaline filled door-to-door action and world-class drivers. The Pirelli World Challenge features cars from the world's most popular manufacturers – race-prepped versions of the cars driven on the streets. Sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, the series races at North America's premier road and temporary street courses.

For more series info, go to www.world-challenge.com, join the series Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter at www.twitter.com/wcracing

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