DRISSI FALLS SHORT OF PODIUM POTENTIAL IN VIRGINIA
EAST LANSING, Michigan (September 13, 2010) - Tomy Drissi and the RSR team put up another fight this weekend at Virginia International Raceway for Round 9 of the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series, but a mishap cost him his fifth podium of the season and he went on to salvage a sixth-place finish.
Qualifying was canceled on Saturday due to rain; therefore the gird was determined by the current points standings which saw Drissi start third.
"We started the race with a car that we had made some big changes to," said Drissi. "We made those changes before qualifying, but when that got canceled, we didn't have a chance to see what it did for the #5 Unstoppable Jaguar XKR. We decided to leave it alone and stick with our gut feeling and hope for a good race.
"I had a good start, but it took a couple of laps for my tires to come in and the two guys ahead of me had the opportunity to pull away. Then a full course yellow came out right away and on the restart I stayed right with the leaders. I was pushing so hard to keep pace with them and I made a little mistake in braking at the end of the back straight. I just got off track a little bit, but it was enough that grass collected on the grill. I came in right away to get that cleaned up, and got back out there ahead of the leader. I was able to stay in front of him, so that was good I didn't go a lap down and it showed we had a good car. I want to thank the RSR team, they worked really hard. The car ran, stopped and cornered well, but that just wasn't enough this weekend. We will regroup, and prepare for the next one - that is all you can do."
The sixth-place finish eliminated the 2009 Trans-Am champion from scoring a repeat title, but he remains third in the standings with 928 points and has a shot to move up one spot going into the final round at Road Atlanta, October 1.