Drissi, D. Miller look for strong finishes at Road America

Elkhart Lake, WI - Tomy Drissi, voted "Most Improved Driver" in 2000, wants another strong finish when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Road America for the Johnson Controls 100 on August 17-18 during the Motorola 220 ...

Elkhart Lake, WI - Tomy Drissi, voted "Most Improved Driver" in 2000, wants another strong finish when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Road America for the Johnson Controls 100 on August 17-18 during the Motorola 220 weekend. Drissi, who pilots the No.15 TDM Motorsports Jaguar XKR, finished fourth in Detroit and seventh at Cleveland. At Sears Point, Drissi finished 10th despite receiving a stop-and-go penalty, but Portland brought mechanical problems and a 22nd place showing.

"Portland was a tough break, and we need to get our momentum back at Road America," said Drissi, who currently ranks 10th in the Drivers' Championship standings. "We've had four top-ten finishes this season. But we know we're capable of much more.

"Road America demands the utmost of both the car and driver," explained Drissi, who qualified 10th and finished sixth here last year. "The four-mile length makes it tough in some unusual ways. Just try to keep your concentration on a lap that long; it's a real challenge.

"You've got to dig deep," continued Drissi. "Even the straightaways - how quickly you shift can definitely influence how good your lap times will be.

"It's a high speed track, but it's very easy to make a mistake that will cost you dearly," said Drissi, the series' 1999 "Rookie of the Year." "It's also quite demanding on the engine and brakes. It takes a well-prepared car and tremendous driver concentration and finesse to deliver a podium finish at this track."

Miller, who ranks second in the "Rookie of the Year" points, is coming off his Trans-Am career-best showing at Portland where he qualified 12th and finished ninth.

"This is another new track for me," said Miller, an oval short track racer with more than 50 feature wins. "But with each race, I get more comfortable with the car and that helps a lot. I'll rely on input from the team and Tomy on car set-up and work on learning the circuit.

"I'll stay focused, try hard, and just do my best," said Miller, who drives the No.05 Morgan Stanley/Ditch Witch Jaguar. "We'd been knocking on that door to a top-ten finish for a while and now we've accomplished that. Now we need to back it up with another strong drive."

-RM/TDM

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Tomy Drissi