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May062013

Tomy Drissi Heads Up the Coast With EPIC Taking on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Fresh off a 4th place finish at Long Beach, Tomy Drissi will head to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the American Le Mans Monterey, 3rd round of the 2013 American Le Mans Series present by Tequila Patrón championship. The four-hour endurance race takes the green flag at 3:30PM PST, Saturday May 11.

BAR1 Motorsports will field Tomy and Rusty's No. 7 EPIC prototype challenge car along with the No. 8 Evident Capital car, driven by Kyle Marcelli and Chris Cumming. The team currently sits third in the Team Championship points.

Drissi is very optimistic heading into the weekend.

"This is our kind of track. It's a four hour race on a natural terrain race course. It's what endurance racing is all about.

"I think Rusty [Mitchell] and I will have the opportunity to show what we can do here. BAR1 Motorsports is really putting a good car under us, so we'll be going for it.

"We're excited to come back with EPIC (the movie) on the car for Monterey. We had great response to the car at Long Beach. It's great to see the kids get excited when they see the car and posing for pictures with it."

Known for it's elevation changes, the 2.238 mile Mazda Raceway is a fan and driver favorite alike. The circuit offers a challenging variety of corners, none more challenging than the historic corkscrew.

The American Le Mans Monterey from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday, May 11 is the third round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. ESPN2’s coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 12 with live coverage is available on ESPN3 starting at 6:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 11.

Viewers outside the U.S. can watch races live on ALMS.com. The series’ website offers additional content such as live in-car cameras, timing and scoring, and car-to-pit radio for all users around the world.  

Visit ALMS.com for current and future event information including tickets and area accommodations. Follow the ALMS on Twitter (@almsnotes, #MontereyALMS), Facebook and the official YouTube channel

EPIC is a 3D CG adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world...and ours.

This film stars Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz and Amanda Seyfried. Learn all about Epic, play games, and read more about Epic characters as you get ready to experience this adventure in theaters May 24!

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 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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