Tomy Drissi Heads to VIR for Trans Am Showdown
September 26, 2018
John Thawley

Fresh off his win at Watkins Glen International Speedway, Trans Am Champion Tomy Drissi, driving the No. 8 The Predator Camaro, will join Burtin Racing and his teammate, Lawrence Loshak (No. 2 Pennzoil Camaro), looking to continue the team’s recent success in the TA division of 2018 Trans Am Championship Presented by Pirelli.

“We are seeing a big difference in the performance of this team,“ said Tomy. “We struggled mid season with some mechanical issues, but maintained our focus and began working together to share information and overcome common issues as a team. Since then we’ve really gelled. Lawrence and I have been sharing information. The crews have been sharing information. And I think Claudio has done a great job of getting everybody on the same page, working toward a  bigger picture and the team as a whole. It’s pretty special and I’m enjoying it a lot!”

The strategy Tomy describes was on display at Watkins Glen. Both he and Loshack managed their cars well through the early stages  of the race and  Tomy managed to take the lead while Loshak continued working his way through the pack. As the race wound down, the Burtin duo found themselves competing for the win. It was Tomy who managed to hold Loshack at bay sealing a 1-2 podium for the team.

To coincide with Round 9 of the 2018 Trans Am presented by Pirelli Championship, Burtin Racing is hosting a shootout of a different kind, Trans Am participants are invited to a night of skeet shooting and target practice with local Vets and Special Forces - including cigars, BBQ and drinks held at the VIR Range in Alton, Virginia. The event starts Thursday, Sept 20 at 7pm.

In a Breitbart Sunday News interview Tomy Drissi shared his thoughts on the upcoming Burtin Racing hosted event, “I'm really excited to be Racing at Virginia International Raceway. It’s just one of the best race tracks in the country. There's going to be some veterans and special forces - Deployment Cigars and Racing for Heroes are going to be involved with us. Our Trans Am paddock is really involved in supporting the Vets. We're really proud to sit down and speak with the people who support and protect us. I'm just a proud driver to be racing with the Burtin Racing....Trans Am is made in America!”

The weekend's action on track begins Thursday with two sessions of testing. Official practice for the TA class is slated for Friday morning, with the all-important qualifying session later on Friday afternoon. Grid for the race is at 5:05pm ET Saturday with the green flag start scheduled for 5:35pm ET.

Fans can keep up with the Trans AM Series presented by Pirelli throughout the event at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.

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About The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli:

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), and oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series. For more on the Series visit www.gotransam.com, “like” Trans Am on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam, or follow Trans Am on Twitter @gotransam

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Tomy Drissi is an American driver and Trans Am Champion.

His driver experience includes ALMS, Trans-Am, NASCAR and Speed World Challengea

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

•    2016 WeatherTech Series. 2nd Place Rolex 24 at Daytona

•    2017 Three wins in the Trans Am Series

•    2017 WeatherTech Series. 1st Place Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

•    2018 Trans Am Series West Champion

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