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Tomy Drissi aims for the podium in the Capital Trans-Am 100 in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, is almost as excited to visit Washington, D.C. as he is to get behind...

Tomy Drissi aims for the podium in the Capital Trans-Am 100 in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, is almost as excited to visit Washington, D.C. as he is to get behind the wheel of his Jaguar XKR race car. Drissi, who owns a motion picture advertising agency in Hollywood, California, plans to see the sights - both at the track and in the nation's capital - when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup makes its inaugural visit on July 19-20 with the Capital Trans-Am 100 during the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, D.C. weekend.

Drissi, a first generation American of Moroccan descent, plans on bringing his father with him to the Capital Trans-Am 100 weekend. "I'm proud of my heritage, but I love my country," explained Drissi. "My dad worked for the United States Air Force in Morocco before my parents immigrated. I can't wait to take my dad to see the sights and monuments throughout the Washington, D.C. area and share that with him."

The first sight Drissi would like to visit is the podium. "We've had some strong consistent finishes, which has been a good way to get the season rolling," said Drissi, who is currently 10th in the Drivers' Championship standings. "But it's time now to get reacquainted with the podium."

Drissi can't wait to compete at the new temporary circuit at RFK Stadium. "I'm looking forward to racing at a track where no one has been before," explained Drissi, who joined Rocketsports Racing for the 2002 season. "It's a great equalizer and that can really shake things out on the track. I'll bet you'll see some different faces on the podium at the end of the race."

One of the keys to success at a new track is the ability to learn quickly, according to Drissi. "You've got limited time to look, see, learn, and process the information," said Drissi, the Series' 1999 `Rookie of the Year.' "To do that effectively, you've got to have a plan.

"I do two or three reconnaissance laps. I see how close the walls are and then start working the safer corners first. I save the most challenging ones for last, after I've developed a comfort level with the rest of the course," concluded Drissi.

The Capital Trans-Am 100 will be broadcast live on CBS on Saturday, July 20th at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

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