Tomy Drissi looks for the podium in the Le Grand Prix De Trois-Rivieres. Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, hopes to make his first appearance on the podium this season...
Tomy Drissi looks for the podium in the Le Grand Prix De Trois-Rivieres.
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, hopes to make his first appearance on the podium this season when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns following a two-year hiatus for the Le Grand Prix De Trois-Rivieres on August 2-4. Drissi, who has scored three top-ten finishes in six starts thus far, is coming off a disappointing race in Washington, D.C. where he retired early due to a broken timing belt and finished in 16th place.
Drissi, who drives the No.5 Drissi Advertising Jaguar XKR, will be making only his second start in Trois-Rivieres, but intends to master the track. "I've only raced here once before, during my rookie season, but the track sure made an impression," he said. "I recall the circuit was really tough on brakes; we lost a brake caliper.
"We took a huge gamble and kept racing because we were going for the `Rookie of the Year' title," explained Drissi, who did indeed go on to win the rookie championship. "We needed to finish and gain as many points as possible, regardless of the adversity we faced."
Drissi is looking forward to his return to the challenging Trois-Rivieres circuit. "This time, I'd like to race with brakes," quipped Drissi, who joined Rocketsports Racing for the 2002 season. "This is a tight and bumpy track that demands the utmost from both the car and the driver. To be successful here, I think you need to understand your car's capabilities and how to best nurture the nuances of the track.
"There are passing opportunities here, if you've got the nerve," continued Drissi, who is currently 10th in the Drivers' Championship standings. "For instance, Turn 1 is deceivingly wide and it'll suck you in. But you better protect the inside or you'll lose any real estate you gained."
To Drissi, Trois-Rivieres is much more than just a race track. "This is one of the greatest places I've ever been. The area is absolutely gorgeous and is home to some of the best road racing fans I've ever met," concluded Drissi.
The Trans-Am 100 will be broadcast live on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 4th, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.