It’s a full slate for Tomy Drissi as he heads to the Monterey Peninsula and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for this weekend’s Round 11 of the Pirelli World Challenge and the ModSpace American Le Mans Monterey Presented by Tequila Patron.
Just off a win at the American Le Mans Series inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix in the LMPC class, Tomy Drissi returns to Pirelli World Challenge action driving the No. 47 The Sitter / Muscle Milk / TruSpeed Porsche GT3. Since getting on board with TruSpeed, Drissi has quickly surpassed his results from the earlier part of the 2011 season. With two races left out of 12 on the season, Tomy’s TruSpeed team leads the Team Championship and is also helping Porsche close on the Manufacturer’s Championship.
“I couldn’t be happier running with the TruSpeed guys,” noted Tomy. “The car has been fantastic. And whatever I ask for in the car, the team gets it done. Sharing setups and feedback with Patrick [Long] and Rob [Morgan] has been a huge advantage for me. The Porsche was a big change from my Trans-Am driving style and these guys have helped fast-track the learning curve.”
The historic 11-Turn, 2.238 mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca holds the distinction of being one of the oldest sports car tracks in North America and it’s a favorite among fans and drivers alike. Known by it’s signature Corkscrew Turn, Mazda Raceway is a near perfect combination of elevation changes and high speed turns.
“Running in two different Series, I’ve got my hands full this weekend,” said Tomy, “but I like it that way. I have a hard time sitting still unless I’ve got a steering wheel in my hands. And I love this track. It’s road racing the way it’s supposed to be”
“Of course, World Challenge races are 50 minute sprints,” added Tomy. “There’s absolutely no time to catch your breath… you’re always busy in the car. But with the elevation changes and the high-speed corners… then dropping the equivalent of five and a half stories through the downhill CorkscrewTurn… it’s a blast.
Tomy will also compete in ModSpace American Le Mans Monterey Presented by Tequila Patron, driving the No. 37 Intersport Racing / The Sitter / Muscle Milk LMPC car.
The Pirelli World Challenge Series races this Sunday, September 18, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Live timing and scoring can be accessed at http://www.world-challenge.com/event/index.php?ID=127. Television coverage will be broadcast delayed on October 29, at 4pm ET on Versus.
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 competing in 7 rounds and 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. Tomy is married to Lacy Livingston Drissi.
Find out more about Tomy at http://www.tomydrissi.com or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/tomydrissi/. You can follow Tomy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/tomydrissi.
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Pirelli World Challenge
Now in its 22nd consecutive season, the Pirelli World Challenge is North America’s top production car-based racing championship. Divided into three separate categories (World Challenge GT, World Challenge GTS, and World Challenge Touring Car), each race features a thrilling standing start, 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.