When Motorock Trans-Am series driver Tomy Drissi heads to the track, his intensity meter is pegged and is sole focus is on winning. Drissi's passion and vigor work well behind the wheel of his No. 5 Jaguar XKR and compliment the Rocketsports...
When Motorock Trans-Am series driver Tomy Drissi heads to the track, his intensity meter is pegged and is sole focus is on winning. Drissi's passion and vigor work well behind the wheel of his No. 5 Jaguar XKR and compliment the Rocketsports Racing championship team.
Drissi entered the Trans-Am competition in 1999 and won "Rookie of the Year" honors. He followed his debut award with "Most Improved Driver" and "Crew of the Year" for the Drissi Motorsports team, which he formed in 2000. The competitive spirit that spurred the California native on from street-racing through the Hollywood Hills in a 1969 Camaro to the premier road racing league has grown stronger with each of his top-ten season finishes.
In his sixth year of competition, Drissi kicked off the 2004 Motorock Trans-Am season with a return to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the temporary street course where he earned his first professional win in 2000. A consistent front-runner, Drissi qualified sixth on the wet 1.968 mile Long Beach track, and posted a fast time of 1:51.404. Drissi was forced into the tires when several cars went deep into turn one, damaging the No. 5 car and prematurely ending his day.
While he hated to 'give one away' the setback won't deter Drissi, who's on his A-game at each race. Proud of Jaguar's consistent performance, Drissi aims to contend for the Trans-Am driver's championship title and deliver yet another manufacturer's title to Jaguar from the Rocketsports team.
"There's a very competitive field in the Trans-Am series this season. We went to Long Beach to take advantage of our experience there (re: 2000 win) and we should've been on the podium," said Drissi. "The No. 5 'Day After Tomorrow' Jaguar was running well. The reliability of Jaguar is unsurpassed, and I plan to capitalize on the success of Jaguar and Rocketsports in the Trans-Am competition."
Drissi looks forward to progress with Rocketsports, the four-time championship team with the highest caliber equipment and service, as well as a standard of excellence and utmost competitiveness in all that they do. Building on his experience and partnerships within the team, Drissi aims to earn the highest possible finishes in each race.
"Top finishes are paramount to success in a series made up of excellent competitors and various manufacturers for the championship title. This is especially rewarding where on any given day, any of the very talented drivers could walk away with the glory," explained Drissi.
The healthy competition in the 39 year-old Trans-Am series is reflected in the camaraderie and antagonism between Drissi and teammates Paul Gentilozzi and Tommy Kendall. The strength, diversity and ambition of the Rocketsports team mirrors the potential for success in the historic series, and despite being relatively young compared to his teammates, who have a combined total of 27 years experience, Drissi is consistently biting at the heels of his senior rivals.
In June, Drissi will make his 60th Trans-Am career start at Portland International Raceway, and is certain to approach the race with the same intensity as his first.
It is Drissi's desire to win and trademark intensity, along with the top-shelf Rocketsports team and the excellence of Jaguar, which will guarantee his success this season in the Motorock Trans-Am Series.