DRISSI BACK ON THE HUNT FOR TRANS-AM VICTORY IN VIRGINIA
EAST LANSING, Michigan (September 9, 2010) - The RSR Trans-Am team will be back in action with Tomy Drissi looking to redeem his runner-up position in last weekend's race at Brainerd International Raceway for the victory this weekend in Round 9 of the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series in Virginia.
Virginia International Raceway is located in Southern Virginia and is known for being one of the world's finest road courses. The legendary climbing esses and Oak Tree are waiting for the Trans-Am cars to rip up the asphalt. While VIR offers four road course configurations, the Trans-Am Series will be utilizing the 3.27-mile Full Course.
"I am looking forward to going back to VIR; it is a beautiful race track, fast yet very challenging," said Drissi. "The track features some esses that are really daunting. Figuring out the fastest way to get through them is what separates the fast guys from the rest. We learned last weekend that the #5 Unstoppable Jaguar XKR was strong under breaking and in cornering. We just have to find a little more speed, but we have a car that is suitable for this track."
This will be the 2009 Trans-Am champion's third outing at the Virginia venue. In 2002 Drissi started 8th and finished 13th. Last year he improved grid position by starting sixth and was bound for a podium finish, but finished fifth overall.
"It was a really tough race last year," commented Drissi. "I got hit four different times, but was able to stay strong and just missed out on a podium finish. It was the last lap, I was in third but I gave it away. I thought I could catch second and overtake, but pushed a little too hard and I went off. But that is the past, I know we can be competitive there, and I look forward to get back out there and fight for the win."
Driving the #5 Unstoppable Jaguar XKR, Drissi will be making his 75th Trans-Am start and on the hunt for his second victory this year. After eight rounds, he has one win, four front row starts including one pole, four podiums, five top-fives and eight top-ten finishes. With two races remaining, the Hollywood native sits third in the drivers' championship point standings with a total of 834 points, trailing second (RJ Lopez) by 55 points and leader (Tony Ave) by 188.