Driving the No. 8 Tony Ave Corvette, Tomy Drissi finished fifth in the FirstEnergy Trans Am 100 at Mid-Ohio. The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli appeared with the NASCAR Xfinity Series as part of the Mid-Ohio Challenge weekend.
With an entry list featuring 51 cars, weekend featured two 101.96-mile competitions completing 45 laps around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile course: The First Energy Muscle Car Challenge with the modern day pony cars of the TA2 class and the FirstEnergy Trans Am 100 showcasing the TA, TA3 and TA4 classes.
“It was great to be back at Mid-Ohio,” said Tomy, “and especially great to be back running with my friends in Trans Am. We saw some really close racing.. and it was fun being out their.”
Due to dangerous conditions, Friday’s qualifying was cancelled and the grid was set by points.
“The No. 8 Ave Racing Corvette was handling real good,” noted Tomy. “We need to find a little more top end, but the car was very competitive. Amy [Ruman] and I had a good run together, and David Pintaric was mixing it up with us too. It was good close racing. About two thirds through the race, Amy and I were nose-to-tail and going through some traffic. I had set up to take advantage of using one of the slower cars (kind of a pick n’ roll in the NBA), but the other car got caught up with Amy and we were both left scrambling to get back on track. I honestly felt we had a podium car. But I’m happy we got it back to 5th.”
Next up, the Series heads to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin when the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli returns to action at Road America for Round 8 of the Trans Am Championship on August 26th.
The Mid-Ohio event will be broadcast, tape delayed, on CBS Sports Network.
FirstEnergy Trans Am 100- TA, TA3, TA4 – Aug 30, 10:00pm ET
FirstEnergy Muscle Car Challenge – TA2 – Sep 06, 10:30pm ET
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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
The Trans Am Series is America’s Road Racing Series and dates back to 1966. Throughout the years, some of the greatest names in motorsports have participated in the Trans Am Series. Names like Tommy Kendall, Mark Donohue, Peter Gregg, Bob Tullius and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. have all won multiple championships under the Trans Am name.
While Trans Am will always be dedicated to honoring its history and legacy, it is far from simply living in the past. Since the addition of the Trans Am Race Company, LLC in late 2011, Trans Am has experienced unprecedented growth as a new class based model has been implemented. Now, three distinct classes take center stage; TA, TA2 and TA3, Trans Am is positioned to power into the future, not live in the past.
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