Tomy Drissi, driver Of the no. 5 Daredevil/Pyro Jaguar XKR, qualified ninth with a time Of 1:51:259 for tomorrow's Trans-Am race.

NOTE 1 - BACKGROUND STATS.Ranks eighth in the points standings.Finished third at Trois-Rivieres, his first podium finish since Mosport in 2000.Has seven top-ten finishes in 11 starts.In 2001, finished 11th in the points standings.Had five top-ten finishes and two "Fast Five" starts.In 2000, was voted "Most Improved Driver".Won the "Rookie of the Year" title in 1999.

On his qualifying session. "It's not what I wanted, but we're still a half second faster than we'd been before. I had a good lap going, but Butch Leitzinger went off the track and then came back on right in front of me, so we wrote off that lap.

"I had too much anxiety early in the session, but I was more relaxed later, we just ran out of time. We got our best lap at the end after the red flag.

"I really wanted a "Fast Five" for my team so I'll have to make it up to them tomorrow with a top-three finish."

-rsr-