Tomy Drissi to drive with Rocketsports Racing in the 2002 Trans-Am Series. Lansing, Mich - Tomy Drissi, the "Most Improved Driver of the Year" during the 2000 Trans-Am season, will drive with the three-time Trans-Am championship team...
Tomy Drissi to drive with Rocketsports Racing in the 2002 Trans-Am Series.
Lansing, Mich - Tomy Drissi, the "Most Improved Driver of the Year" during the 2000 Trans-Am season, will drive with the three-time Trans-Am championship team Rocketsports Racing during the 2002 Trans-Am Series. Drissi will contest the entire season in the No.5 Bauer/Hornburg/Southcoast Jaguar XKR with the new 2002 body style prepared and campaigned by Rocketsports Racing.
In 2001, Drissi was co-owner/driver of TDM Motorsports and previously had his own team, Drissi Motorsports, during his second season of Trans-Am racing in 2000. In his 1999 rookie season, he drove with American Spirit Racing, winning the "Rookie of the Year" title.
"I'm back to where I started; I'm just a driver," explained Drissi, who finished 11th in the points standings last season. "Last year was a difficult year economically and it affected many businesses, including motorsports. Dan Miller, my partner in TDM Motorsports, wanted to step back after a year of experience as an owner/driver to re-evaluate and reassess what happened. Dan and I are still close and we hope to work together again in the future, perhaps in endurance racing and Trans-Am racing.
"I really have come full cycle which is exactly how I planned it," said Drissi, who collected five top-ten finishes in the 2001 season. "Sometimes in life you have to take a chance. As long as you keep at it, never say quit, have a dream, and work hard to achieve it, anything can be yours.
"I really believe that, and look where I am now. I'm part of one of the most respected teams in road racing," continued Drissi, who finished a career high of sixth place in the points standings in 2000. "Rocketsports is really the benchmark in Trans-Am racing, and I feel fortunate to be a part of it. It will definitely provide me with the opportunity to grow as a driver.
"I'm in pretty good company this year," said Drissi, referring to his teammates, Trans-Am standouts Paul Gentilozzi and Johnny Miller. "You are who you surround yourself with. They're smart and fierce competitors, but there're no team orders. I think we'll bring out the best in each other.
"Running a team can be a very tough thing," said three-time Trans-Am champion Gentilozzi. "That's where Rocketsports can be a huge asset to Tomy. I've committed to give both drivers everything they need to win races. We've got three drivers who are all absolutely running for the championship. We're both teammates and competitors, and we all understand that."
The Trans-Am Series begins April 12-14 with the Johnson Controls 100 in Long Beach, CA.