When the dust settled on the 11-turn, 2.358-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca race course and the Monterey Grand Prix Pirelli World Challenge, Tomy Drissi, driving the #47 TruSpeed Ice Age / Continental Drift Porsche, was locked in a four-way nose-to-tail battle.
“That was amazing,” said Drissi following the race. “It was obvious early on that the Volvo’s had the speed on the field. Only Pilgrim’s Cadillac appeared to have a chance catching them. But with the last couple of cautions, for the cars running 5-10 it was serious door-to-door racing. It was exhausting… but just a lot of fun.”
“Johnny O’Connell and I had a similar run to what we had at Sears Point last year,” noted the Trans Am Champion. “There is nothing better than running hard with a driver as accomplished as Johnny. He’ll run you hard and he’ll run you as clean as you run him. You can’t ask for more than that. I thought I had a few spots were I could possibly have a run on him, but those Cadillacs can really turn up the horsepower on that front stretch. Plus I had Justin Marx (Porsche) filling up my rearview mirror. What a great race!”
“Once again, the TruSpeed guys delivered a great car,” added Tomy. “When you’re going that hard, it’s nice to have that kind of confidence in your team and your car. These guys are fantastic.”
The Pirelli World Challenge Monterey Grand Prix will be broadcast Sunday, May 27 at 11 p.m. (EDT) on NBC Sports Network.
The series next travels to Detroit for the Cadillac V-Series Challenge at Belle Isle, part of the IZOD IndyCar weekend, June 1-3.
Full results and points are available at www.world-challenge.com.
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. In 2011 Tomy returned 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.
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
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Now in its 23rd 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.