Mid-Ohio: Tony Drissi preview

Tomy Drissi looks for strong finish at the Mid-Ohio Trans-Am Buckeye 100. Lexington, Ohio - Tomy Drissi, voted "Most Improved Driver" in 2000, is looking for a strong finish when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns for the...

Tomy Drissi looks for strong finish at the Mid-Ohio Trans-Am Buckeye 100.

Lexington, Ohio - Tomy Drissi, voted "Most Improved Driver" in 2000, is looking for a strong finish when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns for the Mid-Ohio Trans-Am Buckeye 100 on June 28-29 during the American LeMans Series weekend. Drissi, who pilots the No.5 Drissi Advertising Jaguar XKR, finished a disappointing 16th at the Series' last race at Lime Rock, retiring early with a broken lower a-arm as a result of contact with another competitor. But Drissi enjoyed two top-ten finishes in his two previous outings, scoring a solid seventh place finish at Long Beach and collecting sixth place points at Mosport despite receiving a stop-and-go penalty.

"I learned a valuable lesson at Lime Rock about when and how to stick to my guns and defend my turf," said Drissi, who is currently 10th in the Drivers' Championship standings. "It cost us points, but at least I took away something positive from the experience.

"Now, we got to get back on track and move up in the points standings," explained Drissi, who joined the Rocketsports Racing camp for the 2002 season. "We know what we're capable of that, and it's time for those top-five finishes and to sneak up on the podium."

Drissi would like to do just that at Mid-Ohio. "I love coming to a track like Mid-Ohio," explained Drissi, who finished ninth last year in only his second start at Mid-Ohio. "It is most definitely a driver's track. This is the epitome of a purpose-built road course with the elevation changes and blind corners.

"This track is very demanding on the driver both physically and mentally," continued Drissi, the series' 1999 `Rookie of the Year.' "You have to constantly push yourself - there's no place to relax or let up for a second. You really need to develop a good rhythm because if you make a mistake, you can put the car in the box.

"It's very hard to pass here," continued Drissi. "There's just not a lot of room to pass. You need to be patient, wait for someone to make a mistake, and be in a position to capitalize on it. On the back straight, the cars seem so equal in power it's almost like riding a roller coaster."

The race will be broadcast on CBS on Saturday, June 29th at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

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