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Apr172013

Tomy Drissi Up for the Challenge With No. 4 EPIC Corvette GT at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 

Tomy Drissi will head to round 3 of the Pirelli World Challenge with an extra dose of confidence driving the LG Motorsports prepared No.4 EPIC (the movie in theaters May 24) Corvette. Drissi has had considerable success on the infamous street course, earning his first professional victory at the 2000 Trans Am Series race, and more recently finishing second at the 2011 American Le Mans Series race.

Tomy Drissi:

"It's great participating in the Long Beach Grand Prix. The southern California fans love their racing and they love Long Beach.

"We had some teething problems with the set up on the No. 4 EPIC Corvette in St. Petersberg, but I'm confident the LG guys will have the car up to snuff for the weekend.

"I like driving the Corvette and in some ways, it is similar to my old Trans Am cars. One thing is for sure, if we can qualify well, we can get this car to the front.

"For me there's the added benefit of sleeping in my own bed.  But on a serious note, I love this track and the 50 minute race format means it's a flat out sprint…. just the way I like it!"

Known for his Hollywood advertising company, Tomy's car livery features a new movie at each World Challenge event. This week won't be any different as the powerful C6 Corvette will roll off the trailer featuring the upcoming movie, EPIC.

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!

For the eighth-straight year, the Pirelli World Challenge returns to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the ‘Roar by the Shore’, April 19-21. Only the GT and GTS fields will compete on the 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street course. The series will race Sunday, April 21, at 4:30PM, with NBC Sports Network broadcasting the race on Sunday, May 5, at 2PM.

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

About Pirelli World Challenge:

Now in its 24th consecutive season, the Pirelli World Challenge is one of North America's top production car-based racing championships. 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. Sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, the series races at North America's premier road and temporary street courses.

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