Using guile and perseverance, Tomy Drissi and the Burtin Racing Team turned a tough weekend into a strategic 6th place finish in Saturday’s Ryan Companies Road America Trans Am Classic in Wisconsin.
“Man, these guys worked hard,” said Tomy of his Burtin Racing crew. ”These guys pulled all nighters making sure The Predator Camaro would be ready for Saturday’s race. Given the motor issues teams were having, we decided on a strategy of driving steady and bringing the car home in one piece. I mean, you could see everyone blowing motors throughout the race… we wanted to stay in the hunt and be there at the end. We got as high as fourth, but got shuffled back to sixth. I may have errored on the side of caution, keeping the revs low, shifting early… I wanted to last just didn’t want push it. I felt bad for my teammate Loshak… he had a strong run early in the race. Happy for Boris and the Weaver crew. They did a great job. I’m confident we had a podium car, but given the conditions and the week we had, I’m happy with our result!”
“We had a great time with The Predator movie on the car” added Tomy… “it looked great and fans loved it. We’ll go hunting again at Watkins Glen.”
“Thanks to Claudio and all the Burtin guys for their hard work,” said Tomy. “They’re a great crew and a joy to be around.”
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will return to action at Watkins Glen International, September 7th through 9th.
Trans Am was joined at Road America by the NASCAR Xfinity Series holding the Johnsonville 180 and Speed Energy Stadium Super Tracks.
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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
• 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