Tomy Drissi press release
Tomy Drissi Climbs Into No. 75 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked / Muscle Milk, Ford Mustang At The Glen
Rick Ware Racing Rescues Alvin And The Chipmunks For The NASCAR Nationwide Zippo 200
After a damaged rear wheel spoiled his qualifying run for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen, American Le Mans Series driver and Trans Am Champion Tomy Drissi could only sit and watch his hopes for making the grid slowly fade with each qualifying group. As luck would have it, the No. 41 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked / Muscle Milk, Ford Mustang's fate was sealed after barely turning two laps on the track.
But this is Rick Ware Racing. Having the foresight not to leave anything to chance, Rick Ware and the RWR crew had prepared a backup car in full Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked / Muscle Milk race trim and got it qualified and in Saturday's show. Acknowledging the importance of providing Tomy's sponsors with exposure to the NASCAR audience, Rick Ware quickly moved Tomy to the No. 75 Ford Mustang.
"What an incredible experience," said Tomy. "You can't imagine my disappointment when I felt the car break on only my second qualifying lap. The RWR guys had worked so hard and have treated me so well, I really wanted to reward them with a good solid qualifying run. Not making the field was just the most awful feeling."
"Rick's idea to have the No. 75 in race trim and qualified was nothing short of brilliant," added Tomy. "These guys are real pros. They never panic. Obviously, they respect the importance of giving our partners good value for their financial participation. Getting a car into the field was huge."
Tomy went on to complete the race while finishing the day 27th.
"Given the roller coaster ride we had in simply making the show," noted Tomy, "I'm pleased with the finish and bring the car home under its own power. It's a pretty impressive field out there and I think everyone involved with getting this car into the race can hold their heads high. The No. 75 wasn't as good as the No. 41 by any means. It was a back-up car. But it served us well… very well. We're going to get out of here, move onto Montreal and keep building."
Drissi will compete in the remaining road course in the Nationwide Series and he'll then represent RWR for the 50th running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
“Tomy will be one of our major features in the 50th running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for 2012 for RWR," stated Rick Ware, owner of RWR. "To get him in a car this early, no matter what kind, gives us a strong baseline of what he likes and needs to go fast. He is a great addition to our program.