DRISSI WAS THE MAN TO BEAT IN TORONTO TRANS-AM WEEKEND EAST LANSING, Michigan (July 19, 2010) - It was a dominating weekend for RSR's Tomy Drissi in Round 6 of the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series on the streets of Toronto in conjunction...
DRISSI WAS THE MAN TO BEAT IN TORONTO TRANS-AM WEEKEND
EAST LANSING, Michigan (July 19, 2010) - It was a dominating weekend for RSR's Tomy Drissi in Round 6 of the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series on the streets of Toronto in conjunction with the Honda Indy Toronto, but an incident early in the race would take him out of the contention for the victory. Drissi was able rebound for a fifth-place finish.
Drissi was the man to beat all weekend driving the #5 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Jaguar XKR. Right out of the box the Californian posted a lap that was more than one second quicker than his next closest competitor in the first practice session. Drissi also topped the speed chart in the second practice. During qualifying Drissi posted a best lap at 1:11.249 (88.675 mph), breaking the previous Trans-Am track record of 1:11.713 (88.101 mph) set by Tommy Kendall in 2004. That earned him his first pole in 2010; his fourth Trans-Am career pole.
Making his 92nd Trans-Am career start, his third on the streets of Toronto, Drissi was in search for his fourth-career win. "On the first lap, we got a great start, and came around running over a second faster than everybody," said Drissi. "All I had to do was stay clean, keep a good pace and this victory would have been ours. However, when I went around for my third lap things took a turn for the worst.
"We had been so accurate with the car, every single lap, all weekend. I was literally inches from the wall on many parts of the track, lap after lap after lap during practice. I guess having the full tank changed the handling just about an inch and that is all it took to brush the wall. It gave me a flat tire and bent something in the suspension. I had to pit, the team could have changed the tire and we could have gone out without losing a lap, but it was too dangerous not to inspect the suspension. Everything checked out ok and they sent me back out. I just fought like heck to take every position I could get back. We rebounded and finished fifth, but I worked so hard and I feel so bad to make a mistake like that because the RSR team gave me such a good car."
Drissi remains third in the championship standings with 636 points. With four rounds left this season, he holds his head high and is determined to come back with hopes to defend his championship title from 2009. After another two-week break, the Trans-Am series returns to competition at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois on Sunday, August 1.
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