Virginia (VIR): Tomy Drissi preview

Tomy Drissi looks for the podium as Trans-Am Series heads South to Virginia. Alton, VA - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, is looking to close out the season with another podium finish when the Trans-Am...

Tomy Drissi looks for the podium as Trans-Am Series heads South to Virginia.

Alton, VA - The Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver" in the 2000 season, Tomy Drissi, is looking to close out the season with another podium finish when the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup makes its first visit of the modern Trans-Am era to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) for the VIR Speed-Fest weekend presented by Justin Bell's Motorsports Experience on October 25-28. The Trans-Am Series last toured VIR back in 1966.

Drissi, who has seven top-ten finishes in 11 starts, scored third place points at Trois-Rivieres in August, his first podium finish since taking third place at Mosport in 2000. Most recently, he scored a solid seventh place finish at Road Atlanta.

Just looking at a track map, this course commands Drissi's respect. "This circuit looks like it will demand the utmost from both the car and the driver. In many ways, it reminds me a lot of Road Atlanta," said Drissi, who drives the No.5 Daredevil/Pyro Jaguar XKR. "There are a wide range of changes in elevation and it appears to be fairly narrow.

"The downhill sequence of corners should prove challenging and I expect that the uphill esses will be fast," said Drissi, who currently ranks eighth in the points standings, only 17 points out of seventh place. "This is one of those places that it might seem like you can relax a bit because of the length of the track, but if you do, it'll show up in your lap times.

"I always enjoy the challenge of racing on a new circuit which will be a great equalizer, especially for a season finale," observed Drissi, who joined Rocketsports Racing for the 2002 season. "It really showcases the abilities of both the drivers and teams who are able to learn and adapt quickly.

"With it being the last race of the season, everyone will be trying extra hard to secure their place in the final championship points standings," Drissi continued. "That should make for some great racing. Of course, if you mess up, it also means you have to live with that mistake all during the off season!"

The VIR Trans-Am race will be broadcast live on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, October 27th beginning at 1:00 PM Eastern.

-rocketsports-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Justin Bell , Tomy Drissi