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Apr092014

Tomy Drissi Makes 2014 World Challenge Debut at Long Beach Grand Prix With Sony Pictures

The Amzaing Spider-Man 2 TRG Aston Martin Ready for the ROAR on the Shore

Hollywood native, Tomy Drissi will make his 2014 World Challenge debut when the Pirelli World Challenge returns to the Streets of Long Beach to compete in the "Roar by the Shore" presented by KIA. World Challenge GT/GT-A and GTS teams and drivers will take to the streets Friday, April 11 - Sunday, April 13 for the ultimate Street Fight.

No stranger to the tough streets of Long Beach, Tomy and Drissi Motorsports will team up with TRG-AMR fielding The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Aston Martin for this epic GT battle. Tomy’s success at Long Beach includes a win in Trans Am and podiums in IMSA prototypes. It’s a place Tomy loves to compete.

“This race is everything to me,” said Tomy. “It’s like Formula One’s race at Monaco… Long Beach is iconic. For me personally, I got my first Trans Am win here… I have lots of friends and support here… and it’s my home track. It’s so exciting. You get so caught up in the atmosphere… it’s a race, a concert, a party… it’s everything you want it to be and more. I look forward to it every year.”

“This year is going to be extra special,” added Tomy. “Drissi Motorsports has teamed up with Sony to bring The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Aston Martin for this year’s World Challenge race. We’ll be working with Kevin Buckler and the guys at TRG-AMR to make sure the Aston Martin Amazing Spider-Man 2 car delivers a full-on action packed Spider-Man campaign to the streets of Long Beach. The car looks fantastic and I’m committed to pushing that Aston Martin to the front.”

Destined to be a fan favorite, Drissi Motorsports has gone all out on preparing a special livery for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Aston Martin. The movie, scheduled to open in theaters May 2nd looks to be the summer blockbuster for 2014. In this sequel, Peter Parker continues to stare down his personal demons while waging his fight on crime. We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. It's great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

The 2014 Pirelli World Challenge at Long Beach received a record amount of teams inquiring to enter the prestigious event.

"When we announce our schedule each year, our teams and drivers circle the Long Beach date on their calendars as one of the highlights of the race season," said Scott Bove, President and CEO, WC Vision. "We received a record amount of inquiries from teams wanting to run in the race. I'm humbled by the growth in the series as we head into our 25th anniversary season.”

"This final entry list for the Pirelli World Challenge at Long Beach is easily the most attractive field that has represented the Series in its long history here at the Toyota Grand Prix. What a collection of race car manufacturers...McLaren, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Cadillac, Audi and more. This could very well turn out to be the most spectacular race of the weekend and one that our fans will stay to watch on Sunday afternoon," noted Jim Michaelian, President and CEO of the Long Beach Grand Prix.

The race will air on NBC Sports Network, Sunday, April 20 at 5:30pm. It will re-air Friday, April 25 at 1am. All times are eastern standard.

Based on the growth of viewership for the Series' inaugural 2014 live stream race from St. Petersburg on world-challengetv.com, the Pirelli World Challenge announced today a five-fold increase in server capacity for their upcoming race at Long Beach, and the Roar By the Shore presented by Kia, as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.

"This past Sunday during our St. Petersburg race we experienced a tripling of our live stream viewership," noted Greg Gill Pirelli World Challenge Vice President, Marketing and Communications. "Regretfully some of our fans wanting to watch the live stream were unable to access the race. For that we offer our sincere apologies. We have increased our server capacity five-fold for the live stream coverage of our next race at Long Beach, April 13th," added Gill.

Fans who missed the live stream coverage of the St. Petersburg race can watch it here: http://www.world-challengetv.com/#/races/905

Live stream coverage of the Pirelli World Challenge race from Long Beach will begin at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern, Sunday, April 13th.

About Tomy Drissi

Tomy Drissi is an American driver, Trans Am Champion and multi time winning IMSA driver.

His driver experience includes  ALMS, IMSA, NASCAR, Trans-Am, 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.

A regular participant in the American Le Mans Series, IMSA, NASACR and WC paddocks.

Tomy’s professional racing career highlights includes:
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.  

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

About Pirelli World Challenge

In 2014, the Pirelli World Challenge series, one of North America's top production car-based racing championships, will celebrate its 25th anniversary season. 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. Pirelli World Challenge is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, the series races at North America's premier road and temporary street courses.

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