Trans Am Champion, Tomy Drissi will be back in action driving the No. 8 Burtin Racing GoShare Camaro at the legendary Mid Ohio Sports Car Course for the First Energy Trans Am 100, Saturday, August 11.
This will be Trans Am’s 31st appearance at Mid-Ohio, its seventh consecutive since the Series’ return in 2012. The 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit is a familiar to drivers and teams alike. The site of the legendary “pony wars,” Mid Ohio stands as one of the historic homes of Trans Am racing.
Having just sealed the deal on the Trans Am West 2018 Driver’s Championship, Drissi is excited to return to east coast racing action and Mid Ohio in particular.
“I love this track,” noted Tomy. “More than that, I love Trans Am at this track. It’s a perfect combination of speed and handling. The elevation changes are fun and the open straights are perfect for these cars.”
“It’s nice coming here with Burtin Racing and the GoShare folks,” added Tomy. “The Burtin crew is so dedicated to the quality of car they bring to the track. And once here, they’re equally committed to getting it right. We’ve been really fast all year, so I expect to be in the mix this weekend.”
There’ll be plenty of competition this weekend when 13 Trans Am entries hit the track.
“Looks like everyone came out for this one, “ said Tomy. “Boris Said is back, along with Chris Dyson… and Loshak is coming off a win last week. Of course, Ernie Francis Jr. is going to be fast and I know Amy Ruman is going to be chasing that elusive home track victory. The fans are in for a real treat. It’s 70’s pony wars all over again!”
Tomy’s hoping his 2013 track record of 1:21.241 will give him an edge on the competition. At the first pre race promoters test session, Tomy was P1.
Both the FirstEnergy 100 and FirstEnergy Muscle Car Challenge will be live streamed on Motor Trend On Demand, while the weekend will be showcased in a one-hour highlights show on CBS Sports Network on tape-delay. Each race will span 45 laps, 101.96 miles around the Mid-Ohio circuit.
Trans Am is joined on the weekend by NASCAR Xfinity holding the Rock N Roll Tequila 170 and the Formula 3 Championship Powered by Honda.
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.
Trans Am First Energy Event Weekend Schedule:
Thursday August 9, 2018
2:50 PM — 3:20 PM TA/TA3/TA4 Practice 1
3:20 PM — 3:50 PM TA2 Practice 1
Friday August 10, 2018
9:30 AM — 10:00 AM TA/TA3/TA4 Practice 2
11:05 AM — 11:35 AM TA2 Practice 2
12:35 PM — 12:55 PM TA Qualifying
1:00 PM — 1:20 PM TA3/TA4 Qualifying
5:05 PM — 5:25 PM TA2 Qualifying
Saturday August 11, 2018
9:00 AM — 10:15 AM FirstEnergy 100 – TA/TA3/TA4
12:40 PM — 1:55 PM FirstEnergy Muscle Car Challenge – TA2
All times eastern
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
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GoShare’s Mission is to make the delivery of big-box items as easy and convenient as a click away from the purchase transaction. GoShare’s Vision is to own the last-mile delivery of big-box items utilizing the largest network of trucks and vans in the world. As consumers demand faster delivery for their products, retailers and wholesalers must adapt and deliver products like never before. The dedicated team at GoShare has been working diligently these past three years to develop modern transportation solutions for businesses which sell bulky items including furniture, mattresses, appliances, electronics, and more. GoShare has successfully created a platform to seamlessly connect truck & van owners with retailers who need help with the cumbersome and ungrateful task of delivering goods from store to home, “The last mile.”
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