Road Atlanta: Tomy Drissi preview

Tomy Drissi looks to secure points position as the Trans-Am Series heads to Road Atlanta. Braselton, GA - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, intends to score his second podium finish this season to...

Tomy Drissi looks to secure points position as the Trans-Am Series heads to Road Atlanta.

Braselton, GA - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, intends to score his second podium finish this season to solidify his position in the championship points standings when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup once again visits Road Atlanta during the Petit LeMans weekend on October 9-12. Drissi, who has six top-ten finishes in ten starts, scored third place points at Trois-Rivieres followed by two top-ten finishes at Road America and Denver.

Drissi, who finished 11th last weekend in Miami behind the wheel of his No.5 Daredevil/Pyro Jaguar XKR, will make only his second start at Road Atlanta. His first visit came in 1999 during his rookie season in Trans-Am competition when he qualified 17th and finished 11th.

"With two races remaining, everyone will be trying especially hard to secure their place in the championship points standings," said Drissi, who currently ranks ninth in points, just one point out of eighth place behind Mike Lewis. "It'll be a real challenge since most of the Trans-Am drivers haven't been on this circuit since 1999. That ultimately means the fans will be treated to some great racing in the process."

"I expect that we'll see top-ten several drivers swapping positions in the points standings following the conclusion of this race," concluded Drissi.

Even with just one start, the Road Atlanta circuit commands Drissi's respect. "This track will demand the utmost from both the car and driver," explained Drissi, who scored his first Trans-Am win on the Long Beach street circuit in 2000. "It's a driver's track in that it will require a lot of talent from the driver to properly set-up the car.

"I'll look to (teammates) Paul and Johnny and their Road Atlanta experiences to help my effort," explained Drissi, who joined Rocketsports Racing for the 2002 season. "But like Road America, it will still take plain bravery to drive it fast."

The Road Atlanta Trans-Am race will be broadcast on a tape delayed basis on the SPEED Channel on October 18th beginning at 8:00 PM.

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Series Trans-Am
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