Tomy Drissi Ready to 'Elektrafy' Road Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 21, 2004) -- Tomy Drissi will make his second 2004 American Le Mans Series start this weekend at the Chevy Presents Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Drissi will team with Michael...
Tomy Drissi Ready to 'Elektrafy' Road Atlanta
BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 21, 2004) -- Tomy Drissi will make his second 2004 American Le Mans Series start this weekend at the Chevy Presents Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Drissi will team with Michael Lewis in the No. 12 Riley & Scott Mk. IIIc Elan LMP1 car fielded by Autocon Motorsports. The team welcomes sponsor Elektra -- Looks Can Kill, Only in Theaters Jan. 14.
Drissi finished sixth in the LMP1 class in the ALMS season opener at Sebring this year, prior to his finishing a career-best fourth in points in the Motorock Trans-Am Series. This year's Trans-Am championship was arguably Drissi's best on record, as he amassed three second-place finishes and his first career pole in the No. 5 Jaguar XKR, as well as four top fives and six top tens in nine starts.
"I need to start doing push ups," laughed Drissi, who co-drove with Lewis last year in the ALMS, scoring an ALMS career-best finish of fourth in class at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "This race is all about endurance. We have our work cut out for us. Those Audis are tough, but I think we'll have something for them. We're going to put together some consistent laps with an eye on a podium finish.
"This was my best year in racing," added Drissi, who was bit by the racing bug when he was a teenager, street racing on Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills. "We ran consistently in the Trans-Am car and put together a great season. I'm pumped for the Petit."
Drissi is pleased to welcome new sponsor, Elektra -- Looks Can Kill. The movie is being released by 20th Century Fox and opens Jan. 14.
"We have a great relationship with the studios, and we're proud to bring Elektra to the ALMS," said Drissi. The movie stars Jennifer Garner, who reprises the role of Elektra, which first appeared in the movie "Daredevil." Garner also stars in television's popular action drama, "Alias."
Chevy presents Petit Le Mans will get the green flag at noon (EDT) on Saturday, Sept. 25. The race will cover 1,000 miles, or 10 hours, whichever comes first on Road Atlanta's 2.54-mile, 12-turn permanent road course. Qualifying will be held on Friday, Sept. 24, along with an ALMS Fan Forum and an open paddock autograph session featuring all ALMS drivers. ALMS cars will also practice on Wednesday and Thursday of race week.
LIVE race highlights will be carried by SPEED at 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and the conclusion of the event at 7:30 p.m. All times are EDT.
Tomy Drissi, who hails from Hollywood, Calif., is a longtime sports car racer and has competed in the American Le Mans Series, Trans-Am and vintage racing. Drissi owns award-winning motion picture advertising firm Drissi Advertising.