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Tomy Drissi Pulls Up Short With Mechanical Issues in Montreal

#75 Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked by Failed Rear End

Photo: Dany FlageoleIt was a good run gone bad for Tomy Drissi in the No. 75 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked / Muscle Milk Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Cup Series at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Viieneuve for the NAPA Auto Parts 200 Saturday. Running in the start and park car of Rick Ware Racing, Tomy's day ended early when the rear end failed with 10 laps remaining.

"We took the No. 41 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked / Muscle Milk Mustang out for practice just the way it was set up for the Glen," said Tomy. "After a couple laps we brought it in and made some positive changes. I got collected up in the second practice doing some pretty good damage. The Rick Ware crew did a great job of getting the car ready for qualifying, but it just wasn't quite there. Even though we were experiencing some mechanical difficulties, our time was good in qualifying. Unfortunately were squeezed out by provisional starters. So we took the opportunity to race the No. 75 car that Chris Cook qualified."

Starting at the tail end of the field, Tomy moved up into the Top 30 by lap 25. Unfortunately when most of the field made pit stops to change up the pit sequence, Drissi found himself caught out a lap down running 24th with just 30 laps remaining.

"I had been nursing the car all day," noted Tomy. "When we caught a Lucky Dog lap we decided it was time to make a run and see if we couldn't pull off a top-15 finish. It just wasn't in the cards."

Tomy's Ford started to smoke from the rear end and ended the day and his weekend in 34th position.

"Tomy ran a clean and smart race the entire day," stated Rick Ware. "This is the second parts failure of the year for our team and we will go back to diagnose why this particular issue occurred."

“Tomy will be one of our major features in the 50th running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for 2012 for RWR," stated Rick Ware, owner of RWR. "Having him in a car this early, no matter what kind, gives us a strong baseline of what he likes and needs to go fast. He is a great addition to our program.

"Tomy will be back in The American Le Mans Series when the ALMS returns to the Atlantic seaboard with the first running of the Baltimore Grand Prix Saturday, September 3, 4:30 p.m. ET. The circuit in downtown Baltimore will run along the city`s Inner Harbor, making the venue one of the most picturesque in ALMS history. The race will be streamed live on ESPN3.com beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET, Sept. 3 and air with a tape delayed feature on ABC at 4 p.m. ET, Sept. 4

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 at http://www.tomydrissi.com or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/tomydrissi/. You can follow Tomy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/tomydrissi.

Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 : Chip-wrecked. In theatres December 16 2011

“On vacation aboard a luxury cruise ship, Alvin, Simon, Theodore and the Chipettes are up to their usual antics, turning the ship into their personal playground, until they become ‘chipwrecked’ on a desert island. As Dave Seville frantically searches for his AWOL charges, the ‘Munks and Chipettes do what they do best – sing, dance and wreak havoc. But they’re in for a surprise when they embark on an island adventure with their new friend – a castaway who’s more than a match for The Chipmunks and The Chipettes.”

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