Tomy Drissi Ready For American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix
Driving No. 89 Intersport Racing Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes LMPC
Coming off an outstanding 2nd place finish at Long Beach, Tomy Drissi will return to the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón driving the No. 89 Intersport Racing Rise of the Planet of the Apes LMPC at Lime Rock Park. He'll be joined in the car by Kyle Marcelli. The series, after its traditional break for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, returns to racing with Round 3, the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, on July 9.
"I'm really excited to get back in the No. 89 Rise of the Planet of the Apes / Muscle Milk LMPC car," said Tomy. "We had such a good run at Long Beach, the anticipation of getting back in the car has been killing me. And I'm a big fan of Lime Rock. Running the prototype here should be a a lot of fun."
This will be the eighth year of the American Le Mans Series Presented by Tequila Patron at Lime Rock Park. Lime Rock is a track that looks deceivingly simple but is immensely challenging to drive quickly. Unique in that it is only 1.5 miles in length, Lime Rock offers up only eight corners and the lap times are typically under a minute. With the high-tech ALMS cars, traffic and negotiating your way through can and will determine your success or failure.
No stranger to Lime Rock Park, in 2010 Tomy posted a Trans-Am qualifying time of 49.462 (111.358 mph), just three tenths off the pole setters time. He went on to finish the race in second and posted his fastest lap time at 50.527.
"I think Kyle and I will do really well here," noted Drissi. "I've had quite a bit of experience at the track and I know Kyle was very fast here last year. The Intersport guys know the setup so I think we'll be quick right off the transporter. I'm also looking forward to going wheel-to-wheel with Jon Field who'll be in the No. 37 LMPC sister car. That's going to be a blast!"
"Lime Rock Park is really a special place," added Tomy. "Not only is it a beautiful part of the country, it's so well suited to sports car racing and such an important part of sports car heritage. And the fans are fantastic. To put Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Muscle Milk's product in front of the New York market is a really a great opportunity."