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May142013

Tomy Drissi Bringing 'The Heat' to Pirelli World Challenge at The Circuit of The Americas

Tomy Drissi will feature the upcoming movie release, The Heat, on his Porsche 911 GT3 RS when Pirelli World Challenge heads to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, for a doubleheader event for GT and GTS, May 17 - 19, as part of the V8 Supercars Austin 400 event weekend. Overall, 19 GT and 34 GTS cars are slated to race at COTA.

Circuit of the Americas often abbreviated as COTA is a 3.427-mile motor racing circuit near Austin, Texas. It hosted the Formula One United States Grand Prix last November. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S.

"Things have come together pretty quickly for this event," said Tomy. "It's going to be a great race and COTA is just an amazing facility."

"We wouldn't be here though if it wasn't for my friends, Rob and Charles Morgan and Tyler Tadevic. They graciously offered up one of their Porches and I've teamed up with Jack Baldwin's GT Sport Racing / Gold Crest Motorsports to support the car throughout the weekend. I've had good success driving Porsches in World Challenge, so I think we can put together a good run at COTA."

Can't make it to the track? Watch live streaming coverage of Pirelli World Challenge races from The Circuit of The Americas, May 18 and 19th. Click www.world-challenge.com for details. Additionally, races from COTA air on NBC Sports Network Sunday, June 16th at 5pm eastern.

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

Find out more about Tomy Drissi at http://www.tomydrissi.com or follow Tomy on Facebook /tomydrissi and Twitter @tomydrissi

The Heat: 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."

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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