RSR TRANS-AM PRE-RACE REPORT: ROAD AMERICA The Last Dance for Drissi and Ramoutarsingh in 2009 EAST LANSING, Michigan (September 16, 2009) - After a month long wait, RSR drivers Tomy Drissi and Daniel Ramoutarsingh are ready to rock and roll in...
RSR TRANS-AM PRE-RACE REPORT: ROAD AMERICA
The Last Dance for Drissi and Ramoutarsingh in 2009
EAST LANSING, Michigan (September 16, 2009) - After a month long wait, RSR drivers Tomy Drissi and Daniel Ramoutarsingh are ready to rock and roll in the 2009 Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series season finale this weekend at Road America.
Road America is one of two recognized historical racing landmarks in the United States. The permanent road course, at just over four miles long, consists of fourteen turns and follows the natural terrain, creating many elevation changes. A long, uphill front straight sees drivers approaching speeds of 175 mph before getting hard on the brakes for Turn One, a 100 mph corner. One of the best known features of this course is a deceptively fast turn on the backside of the track known as "The Kink". Many cars and drivers have prematurely finished their race on this section of the track. The Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin venue is a true test of any race car drivers skill.
Drissi may have clinched the Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series championship, but he is not giving up the fight just yet. Ending the season on a high note is every driver's goal, and the Hollywood-native is looking to do so with win number two in 2009. No matter what happens in the race Drissi will be crowned the ultimate winner on Sunday.
Driving the #5 Avatar Jaguar XKR, Drissi will be making his 86th Trans-Am start at Road America. Not only a veteran to the series, but also to the track as 2009 makes this Drissi's eighth trip in Trans-Am. With 172 points, Drissi is 39 points ahead of second place Tony Ave, which is enough to have labeled him as the 2009 series champion before the season finale this weekend. His consistency on track in 2009 has earned him one pole, one win, four podiums, and six top-five finishes in six out of seven rounds.
"I couldn't be in a better situation going into this last race," Drissi stated. "I am going to be a winner either way. If I can't win the race, I will be rewarded the ultimate win - the Championship Title. It can't get much better than that. But I am going out there with every intention to fight for the win. I love Road America. It is such a beautiful place and challenging track. I am looking forward to getting back out there in the #5 Avatar Jaguar XKR and having some fun during this last race of the season with my team and teammate Daniel."
As a rookie, the entire season has been a challenge for Ramoutarsingh who was new to all of the Trans-Am venues. However, this weekend will be different after taking advantage of the large gap in the race schedule to do some testing at Road America in preparation for this last Trans-Am race in 2009. The Trinidadian and his team entered the #8 Trinrico Steel & Wire Products Jaguar XKR in the Chicago Region SCCA club race on August 30 where he finished second after a good fight and a near win. During the testing time leading up to this event, Ramoutarsingh posted a new track record speed for the GT1 category.
Coming off his first podium of the season with a third-place finish at Watkins Glen, Ramoutarsingh is going to push hard in hopes of earning his first Trans-Am victory. After six events, he has finished in the top-six three times. His determination and dedication is strong, as he currently sits third in the championship points standings with 96 points, 37 points behind second place Ave. Ramoutarsingh is also the highest rookie in the standings.
"I am really looking forward to a great race," said Ramoutarsingh. "It is the final Trans-Am race of the year and it has been such a privilege to be part of it all season. We are looking forward to putting on a great show for the finale. We are going into this race in a very positive way. I have a confidence that I didn't have before this season - I will be racing on a track that I am already familiar with. We have a job to do in terms of retaining where we are now and moving forward. It would be great to put the #8 Trinrico Steel & Wire Products Jaguar XKR in victory circle. But what I look forward to most is being back with my team and Tomy and working together for another strong performance."
The series will conclude its 2009 Championship at the venue that has held the most Trans-Am races--Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wis.