Rocketsports Racing is Ready for Victory in Mosport EAST LANSING, Michigan (May 13, 2009) - Trans-Am has a long and storied history at Mosport International Raceway dating back to 1976. Rocketsports Racing's history dates back to 1988. Within 13...
Rocketsports Racing is Ready for Victory in Mosport
EAST LANSING, Michigan (May 13, 2009) - Trans-Am has a long and storied history at Mosport International Raceway dating back to 1976. Rocketsports Racing's history dates back to 1988. Within 13 years of competition and 1,337 miles logged at this circuit, RSR heads north of the border with the experience needed to return to victory circle with drivers Tomy Drissi and Daniel Ramoutarsingh.
RSR knows how to start and finish at this challenging track. 16 top-five starts including six poles led to memorable qualifying sessions. The last Trans-Am race at Mosport was in 2003, which saw the Rocketsports team dominate the top-five on the grid. Scott Pruett on the pole with returning Drissi by his side, followed by Johnny Miller and Paul Gentilozzi, third and fifth respectively. Pruett's flag-to-flag run, in which he also recorded the fastest race lap, resulted in one of six Rocketsports' Mosport wins. RSR team owner Gentilozzi earned four poles, won the event twice, and recorded the fastest race lap (1991).
Mosport is more of a challenge compared to most other road courses and it is a track that is a dream and a nightmare to many drivers. The 2.459-mile track has a number of high speed blind corners that go both up and down hill. There are several corners where the apex speed is near 100 mph. A driver needs to be certain that the car is stable at high speed and that they can push the limits over hills and in banked corners. The team is confident heading into this weekend's event knowing they are going there with a setup that is proven to win.
Drissi, he will be making his 80th Trans-Am start in the #5 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Jaguar XKR at a track he truly enjoys. In addition to his front row start with RSR in 2003, his other great success was when he finished on the podium in 2000 with a third place result. The Hollywood, California native has five years of Trans-Am racing under his belt at this venue and is thirsting for his first taste of Mosport-victory champagne
"I think Mosport is one of the premier race tracks and I am really looking forward to getting back there to race," said Drissi. "I like the track a lot. The one thing about Mosport is that when you are doing well there it is euphoric. The speeds are amazingly fast. You have to have a safe car and you have to be careful. I have had some strong cars there and good results, I don't think this year will be any different. I have a team that has a strong history of competition at Mosport, combined with my previous experience; we should have the winning combination to make it to victory circle. I am looking forward to winning this race. It is always great to race north of the border, the Canadian fans are amazing and it is always exciting to put on a good show for the motorsports enthusiasts up there."
While Drissi knows what to expect at Mosport, his teammate Ramoutarsingh does not. Drissi added, "It is going to be a daunting track for Daniel, but he has been doing very, very well considering he has never seen any of these tracks before. I am looking forward to helping out Daniel too."
Making his third Trans-Am start driving the #8 Trinrico Steel & Wire Products Jaguar XKR, Ramoutarsingh will be making his first trip to Canada to race at Mosport. The Trinidadian is well aware of the excellence of this track, but remains cautiously excited knowing he has quite the task ahead of him.
"I hear that this track is going to be quite the experience," said Ramoutarsingh, "and I am so happy that I am going there with Rocketsports Racing and Tomy Drissi because they both have the experience that will help me learn as quickly as I can. It is going to be tough because we don't have a lot of track time. But I am looking forward to getting there and seeing the track in person. Mosport is a famous track and it will be a pleasure to race there. We had some unfortunate incidents in the last round and didn't finish as well as we would have liked to, so I am hoping that I can make up for that at this event."
Round three of the 2009 Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series returns to Mosport as a part of the Victoria Day weekend tradition, in conjunction with the SPEED World Challenge. RSR drivers will participate in a test day on Friday, followed by two short practice sessions on Saturday. Qualifying will take place on Sunday at 10:35 a.m. EDT, with the 36-lap race scheduled to take the green flag at 3:20 p.m.
A race recap will be available on www.rocketsportsracing.com following the event. For more information, check out the team's website or www.sccatrans-am.com.