Tomy Drissi will be back behind the wheel of the No. 14 TriStar Motorsports Toyota for The Arthritis Foundation this weekend at Road America on the storied 4-mile, 14-turn road circuit in the Xfinity Series Road America 180 Fired up by Johnsonville .
Fans may recall Tomy was injured several weeks back at Watkins Glen. He was unable to get clearance from NASCAR or his doctors in time for Mid-Ohio. This weekend, he’ll drive The No. 14 Toyota in Wisconsin, carrying the livery supporting and bringing exposure to The Arthritis Foundation.
“You know, as much as I wanted to be back in the car at Mid-Ohio,” said Tomy, “I really appreciate all the concern and care I’ve received from NASCAR. Throughout this whole process, they have continually reached out and followed up on my injuries and my well being. They truly treated me as part of the NASCAR family.”
“The guys at TriStar have put a brand new car together for the weekend.,” Tomy continued. “I was able to run a few laps during this morning’s practice and everything felt great. Both my body and the car. I’m confident will get a good run in this weekend.”
“Lastly, I need to thank all the fans that reached out over the past several weeks,” noted Tomy. “All the emails, Facebook posts, Twitter messages… it was very humbling. I truly want to thank everyone that left messages. It was a great feeling.”
FRIDAY, AUG. 28:
ON TRACK: ROAD AMERICA
- 10:00-10:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice
- 12:00-1:35 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice
- 6:35 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN/NBC Sports App
SATURDAY, AUG. 29:
ON TRACK: ROAD AMERICA
- 3 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville (45 laps, 182.16 miles), NBCSN/NBC Sports App
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.
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
About the Arthritis Foundation:
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4.2 million readers.