Heading to one of North America’s greatest historic tracks, Watkins Glen International in New York, Tomy Drissi is once again teamed with Burtin Racing and driving the No. 8 “The Predator” Camaro.
Tomy Drissi has already wrapped up the 2018 West Coast Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Championship win and is sitting in second place for the Northern Cup. Motor issues kept Tomy from leaning on the Camaro as hard as he would have liked last week at Road America. Regardless, Tomy still pulled off a sixth place finish.
Drissi’s No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro will again be promoting the spectacular ‘The Predator’ movie livery. The car garnered much attention at Road America and will no doubt do the same at The Glenn.
“It’s been a couple of tough races,” noted Tomy. “We’ve struggle mechanically, but managed to keep The Predator Camaro in the hunt. I really have to hand it to the crew at Burtin Racing. Through all the adversity, they’ve maintained a no-quit attitude, kept their cool and stayed focused on the job at hand.”
“The good news is,” added Tomy, “we’re racing at The Glen. This is such a great race track. This track has it all. Elevation changes, lots of twisty bits and some long open runs. Burtin Racing had the win here last year and on my last visit running TransAm, I finished second and locked up the TransAm Championship. We’d very much like to back that up with a win for The Predator Camaro. Even in tough times we’ve been knocking at the podium door… so I’m confident we’ll get the job done!”
“It’s so beautiful, up here,” noted Tomy. “There’s so much racing history and the fans are incredibly knowledgeable. We’re paired with the SVRA historics this weekend, so it should be a great turnout.”
The highly competitive field of 17 cars will be lining up on the grid for in the prestigious TA class. The weekend gets underway with the first test session on Wednesday afternoon. Testing and practice will continue through Thursday. Qualifying is slated for Friday afternoon and the race will take the green flag at 11:00am ET on Saturday. The race will cover 30 laps of the Grand Prix Course at Watkins Glen, an iconic layout that includes the newly repaved ‘Boot’ section.
You can follow select 2018 action of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli with the new Motor Trend On Demand app or on your web browser. Highlights of the recent Road America action can be seen on the CBS Sports network on September 16 at 2:00pm ET. The full recap of the Watkins Glen race is September 23 at 2:00pm ET.
Fans can keep up with the Trans AM Series presented by Pirelli throughout the event at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.
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About The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli:
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), and oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series. For more on the Series visit www.gotransam.com, “like” Trans Am on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam, or follow Trans Am on Twitter @gotransam
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Tomy Drissi is an American driver and Trans Am Champion.
His driver experience includes ALMS, Trans-Am, NASCAR and Speed World Challengea
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.
Tomy’s 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
• 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.
• 2014 NASCAR CUP/Nationwide. Finished 19th at The Glen
• 2015 TUDOR Series. 2nd Place Rolex 24 at Daytona
• 2016 WeatherTech Series. 2nd Place Rolex 24 at Daytona
• 2017 Three wins in the Trans Am Series
• 2017 WeatherTech Series. 1st Place Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta
• 2018 Trans Am Series West Champion