Drivers ready to challenge Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. -- Tomy Drissi, driver of the No. 15 Drissi Motorsports Ford Mustang Cobra, aims to wrap up some unfinished business at this weekend's Johnson Controls 100, part of the Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix, Round Five of...

DETROIT, Mich. -- Tomy Drissi, driver of the No. 15 Drissi Motorsports Ford Mustang Cobra, aims to wrap up some unfinished business at this weekend's Johnson Controls 100, part of the Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix, Round Five of the 2000 BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series. "Belle Isle owes me," said Drissi. "Last year, I started dead last (32nd) after a problem during qualifying and had worked my way up to 12th when they called the race early due to the torrential rains. So I've got some unfinished business here. This is a real technical track and I like that -- it's tough and unforgiving. Plus the fans here are so cool -- they know and appreciate cars and racing. Hey, it's Detroit; it really is the Motor City." With his victory in the Long Beach Johnson Controls 100, Drissi leads the Johnson Controls Triple Challenge, a prize with a guaranteed bonus payout of $27,500. The three Johnson Controls 100 races (Long Beach, Detroit and the Grand Prix of Las Vegas, October 29) -- comprise the Johnson Controls Triple Challenge, which pays $20,000 to the driver who totals the most Drivers' points over the three Triple Challenge races, and a bonus of three Drivers' Championship points -- a bonus that could decide the Championship title. The second-place Triple Challenge finisher will receive a $5,000 cash bonus with the third place driver receiving a $2,500 prize. After last year's rain race (just eight of the 26 laps were run under green-flag conditions), all of the Trans-Am Series drivers are looking forward to a better Belle Isle contest in 2000. "In some ways, the Johnson Controls 100 race in Detroit is the most important race of the year," said Paul Gentilozzi, driver of the No. 1 Johnson Controls/HomeLink Jaguar XKR. "Because the car companies' involvement in motorsports is so diverse, it's not often we get to showcase our series in front of them. To be important, if only for a day, you must make a good showing in Detroit. There's no doubt that the Johnson Controls 100 Detroit race adds an element of extra pressure. For Rocketsports, it also means racing in front of a "hometown" crowd of friends, family, supporters, and our sponsor since the Automotive Systems Group of Johnson Controls is based in Plymouth." The Johnson Controls 100 takes the green flag Saturday, June 17 at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and will be televised with tape-dalayed coverage on the Fox Sports Network (check local listings or www.trans-amseries.com). The Speedvision Network will also offer encore presentations of the race, beginning Monday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m (EDT).

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi