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Tomy Drissi In The Hunt At Portland Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125

Broken Axle Hurts The No. 12 Rise of the Planet of the Apes / Muscle Milk Toyota Camry's Day

Driving the No. 12 Rise of the Planet of the Apes in Theaters 8.5.11/ Muscle Milk Toyota Camry at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in Portland for the Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125, Tomy Drissi was showing great form despite a broken axle early in the race.

The Trans-Am Champion was enjoying solid runs all weekend long, recording 9th fastest in practice and qualifying 12th for the Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125.

"This was an excellent weekend," noted Drissi after the race. "The broken axle was unfortunate… we had a really fast car. The crew did a great job of getting the car back on the track but we lost quite a few laps. But even then, we were able to pick up a couple of laps after getting back out there. I'm quite sure we'd have had a top-10 if not a top-5 car. It was that good."

"The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is an excellent series for me to get more seat time in a stock car," added Drissi. "This run at Portland was exactly what I needed to become more accustomed to this type of car and racing."

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series, both East and West divisions are NASCAR's highest level driver development race series. Many legendary NASCAR Cup drivers began their professional careers in one of the three national NASCAR series from this level.

Just off back-to-back podium finishes in the American Le Mans Series, Tomy is working toward racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen and Montreal later in the season. Additionally, Drissi will race the 50th running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, an event he has wanted to race his entire career but not had the right opportunity until now.

"I really appreciate the efforts of Bill McNally and the crew at BMR" added Tomy. "Bill McAnally Racing is one of the most respected race teams on the west coast and they really got behind me."

The Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125 will be televised to a national audience on SPEED at 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 18, marks the third and final road course event of the season for the series. It marks the third consecutive  year the West Series returns to the two mile road course at Portland International Speedway since its first race in 1986. Christened the  NASCAR K&N Bi-Mart 125. Salute the the Troops, the weekend event draws crowds in the tens of thousands with activities over three days.

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 competing in 7 rounds and 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. Tomy is married to Lacy Livingston Drissi.

Find out more about Tomy Drissi at http://www.tomydrissi.com or on Facebook. You can follow Tomy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/tomydrissi.

Bill McAnally Racing

Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) was founded in 1986 and is owned by former NASCAR K & N Pro Series West driver, Bill McAnally, with one vision; winning championships. BMR is dedicated to finding talented people and placing them to make the racing machine roll. BMR serves as a marketing tool for their race partners to increase sales and brand recognition.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

In theaters August 5, 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is set in a contemporary San Francisco and follows a young scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes. Franco has been testing his Alzheimer cure on apes, but one of them, named Caesar, starts to evolve rapidly, so he takes him home to live with him and protect him from the cruel doctors, thus starting the inevitable ape revolution. James Franco stars, along with Andy Serkis providing motion capture for Caesar and Weta doing CGI; Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, with Tom Felton. Rise of the Planet of the Apes arrives in theaters on August 5th late summer. Trailer: http://www.apeswillrise.com/

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