Road America: Tomy Drissi preview

Elkhart Lake, WI - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, intends to make his second consecutive podium appearance when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Road America for the Johnson...

Elkhart Lake, WI - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, intends to make his second consecutive podium appearance when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Road America for the Johnson Controls 100 during the Grand Prix of Road America weekend August 16-17. Drissi, who has scored four top-ten finishes in seven starts thus far, scored third place points two weeks ago at Trois-Rivieres, his first podium finish since taking third place at Mosport in 2000.

Drissi, who drives the No.5 Drissi Advertising Jaguar XKR, was pleased with his Trois-Rivieres effort. "At the start of the race, I knew we had something for some of the cars in front of me," commented Drissi, "but I made a couple of little mistakes early on, and after that, figured I'd just better take care of the car and bring it home.

"We need to keep building on that momentum we established at Trois-Rivieres," said Drissi, who joined Rocketsports Racing for the 2002 season. "We can, and we will, this weekend at Road America."

Drissi's strong showing at Trois-Rivieres moved him up to ninth place in the Drivers' Championship standings, only nine points out of the seventh place. He'd like to close that gap in the Johnson Controls 100. "I've got a lot of respect for this circuit," explained Drissi. "It's a high speed track, but it's very easy to make a mistake that will cost you dearly.

"It's really tough to put together a good lap here because of the length of the track," he continued. "It takes a well-prepared car, tremendous driver concentration, and finesse to deliver a podium finish at Road America.

"You always go into a race wanting, and expecting, to win," revealed Drissi. "But Road America is a place where you always want to do especially well because of the fans. They are so knowledgeable about road racing and they make the drivers and teams feel so welcome, we just want to make sure we give them something in return - a great race."

The Johnson Controls 100 will be broadcast on a one-day tape delay basis on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 18th, starting at 12 Noon Eastern.

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