Miami: Tomy Drissi preview

Tomy Drissi looks for the podium as the Trans-Am Series heads to Miami. Miami, FL - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, wants to make his second podium appearance this season when the Trans-Am Series for...

Tomy Drissi looks for the podium as the Trans-Am Series heads to Miami.

Miami, FL - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, wants to make his second podium appearance this season when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup heads to the streets of Miami for the Grand Prix Americas weekend on October 4-6. Drissi, who has six top-ten finishes in ten starts, scored third place points at Trois-Rivieres in August, his first podium finish since taking third place at Mosport in 2000.

Drissi, who drives the No.5 Daredevil/Pyro Jaguar XKR, will be making his first visit to South Florida to race. In only his fourth season of Trans-Am competition, Drissi did not compete in the previous Miami Trans-Am event in 1994 nor did he race in Homestead at the 1998 Trans-Am race.

"I can't wait to race in Miami," said Drissi, who currently ranks ninth in the points standings, a mere nine points out of seventh place. "From everything I've heard about the previous races, the fans and the community really support the event.

"Looking at the design configuration on a map, the circuit seems like it will be pretty fast for a street course," explained Drissi, who scored his first Trans-Am win on the Long Beach street circuit in 2000. "It looks to have some high speed corners which I really enjoy.

"The big unknown until we're actually on the track is the track surface," continued Drissi. "Things like pavement changes and bumps can really impact how the car handles and how you drive the track.

"Racing on a new temporary circuit will be a great equalizer," observed Drissi, who joined Rocketsports Racing for the 2002 season. "No one can test ahead of time, so it really showcases the abilities of both the drivers and teams who are able to learn and adapt quickly.

"With three races remaining, I'm confident that we're not yet out of the hunt for a top-five finish in the points. We need to refocus our energies and really focus on the job at hand, and I know we're capable of doing that."

The Miami Trans-Am race will be broadcast on a same-day delayed basis on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, October 6th from 5:30 PM -7:00 PM Eastern.

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Series Trans-Am
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