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Aug022012

Tomy Drissi Brings Dog Days August 3rd To Mid-Ohio

Fresh of a victory at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Canada, Tomy Drissi and Bruno Junquiera will look for a repeat performance driving the No. 9 RSR LMPC car at the American Le Mans presented by Tequila Patron Mid-Ohio Sports Car Championships at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, August 3rd & 4th.

Campaigning the No. 9 RSR Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid ORECA LMPC car, Tomy and Bruno will take on one of the most popular tracks on the ALMS championship circuit, the legendary Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a natural terrain road-racing circuit featuring 13-turns and several elevations changes over 2.25 miles. The track has tested the courage of some of the world's top drivers for more than 40 years.

"This is a great track and a fun place to race," noted Drissi. "I've had a lot of good runs here including last year's win in the LMPC class. Put that together with our win last week in Canada and I'm fairly confident Bruno and I can get the job done."

"Mid-Ohio presents a lot of racing opportunities," said Tomy. "The last few races have seen a lot of rough driving and some pretty intense traffic jams. I think Mid-Ohio should give guys more options to spread out and provide a little more give and take. It's a two hour and 45 minute race. Everyone needs to take a breath and run clean. It makes it better for everyone."

While Tomy has last year's win to point to, his 2011 co-driver will be the competition this year. In 2011 Tomy co-drove with Merchant Services driver Kyle Marcelli. This year the two will be locked in battle.

"RSR has done a great job of putting a good car under us," added Tomy. "Paul [Gentilozzi] and his sons know how to win. Paul never let's up… he pushes us hard because he knows that what it takes to win. It's great having that kind of leadership."

The livery for No. 9 car this week will feature the movie Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid opening Friday August 3rd. This is the third movie in the series. 

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a two-day event.  The team will take to the track for two practice sessions on Friday, August 3, followed by qualifying at 1:55 p.m. (ET).  Green flag for the race is on Saturday, August 4, at 1:05 p.m. (ET).

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. In 2011 Tomy returned 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.

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

Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid: During his summer vacation "Wimpy Kid" Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club - which fails to keep him away from the season's dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong. Opens August 3rd. http://www.diaryofawimpykidmovie.com

The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the world`s leading sports car championship and is recognized as the Global Leader in Green Racing. In the tradition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, multiple classes of cars - purpose-built prototypes and production-based Grand Touring automobiles - race on the track at the same time to create compelling race action and constant passing. All cars in the Series compete using one of five approved alternative fuels or energy sources: clean sulfur-free diesel, cellulosic E85 or E10, Isobutanol and electric hybrid technologies. The Series has more automobile marques involved than any other major race series in the world as manufacturers develop relevant technologies on track that transfer directly to the customer showroom. The ALMS competes at North America`s premier road racing tracks and selected temporary street circuits in major urban markets.

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