Tomy Drissi

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Tomy Drissi
Nationality United States American
Born (1958-12-09) December 9, 1958 (age 55)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
2014 American Le Mans Series
Debut season 2003
Current team BAR1 Motorsports
Car no. 9PC
Starts 26
Wins 2
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
1999-2005
2005-2006
2006-2010
2009-2010
Trans-Am Series
Rolex Sports Car Series
Speed World Challenge
Trans-Am Series
Championship titles
2009 Trans-Am Series
Awards
1999 Trans-Am Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
4 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
Car no., team No. 66 (NEMCO-JRR Motorsports)
2013 position 50th
Best finish 50th (2013)
First race 2012 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
Last race 2014 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
4 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
2013 position 117th
Best finish 111th (2010)
First race 2010 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal
Last race 2013 Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (Mid-Ohio)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of June 22, 2014.

Tomy Drissi (/ˈdrz/ DREE-see; born December 9, 1958 in Hollywood, California) is an American stock and sports car racing driver, and an advertising executive in the movie industry. A long-time competitor in the Sports Car Club of America's Trans-Am Series, he was the series' 2009 Champion. Drissi currently competes in the American Le Mans Series for RSR Racing in the Prototype Challenge class; he also competes on a limited basis in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series as a road course ringer.

Career[edit]

Drissi first became involved in motorsports through his participation in illegal street racing, primarily on Mulholland Drive in Hollywood's Hollywood Hills, starting at the age of 16.[1][2] He began legitimate competition in 1993, when he became involved in vintage racing, primarily at Willow Springs Raceway.[2] Drissi's driving style proved "too aggressive" for the fragile vintage cars,[2] and he moved to standard, modern race cars, making his debut in professional racing in 1999. Competing in the SCCA Trans-Am Series, Drissi won Rookie of the Year in his initial season.[1][2] He would score his first win in the series the following year at the Long Beach Grand Prix.[2] Competing in the series both before and after its mid-2000s hiatus, he won the first championship of the revitalized series in 2009.[1]

Drissi also competed in the SCCA World Challenge series between 2006 and 2010; in 2003, he had begun competing in the sports cars of the American Le Mans Series,[2] where he would make his primary effort in racing outside of Trans-Am; he currently drives in the series for RSR Racing, competing in the Prototype Challenge class, co-driving an Oreca FLM09 with Bruno Junqueira and Roberto González.[3] As of 2012, he has scored two class wins during his career in the series,[3] both coming during the 2011 season at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and at the Baltimore Grand Prix.[4][5]

Drissi also competed in nine Rolex Sports Car Series events in 2005 and 2006, posting a best finish of ninth on the road course at Phoenix International Raceway in September 2005.[6]

NASCAR[edit]

Drissi at Montreal in 2010

In 2010, Drissi made his debut in stock car competition, driving the No. 82 Dodge Charger for MacDonald Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, competing in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.[7] He finished 18th in the event; the following year he would drive in two races in the Nationwide Series, driving the No. 75 Ford for Rick Ware Racing at Watkins Glen International, where he finished 27th, and at Montreal, finishing 34th.[8] Drissi also competed in a single NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race in 2011 on the road course at Portland International Raceway, driving the No. 12 Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing;[9] he would finish 22nd in the event.[10]

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

In 2011, established as a "road course ringer",[11] Drissi was hired by Max Q Motorsports, which had entered into a partnership with Rick Ware Racing,[12] to drive the team's No. 37 Ford, sponsored by the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.[13] Drissi was not approved by NASCAR to compete in the event due to not having sufficient experience in the heavy Sprint Cup cars; Chris Cook substituted for Drissi, qualifying and driving the car in the event.[14][15]

Drissi returned to Infineon (now known as Sonoma) for the 2012 Toyota/Save Mart 350, being hired to drive the No. 10 Chevrolet, sponsored by Ice Age: Continental Drift, for Tommy Baldwin Racing.[8][16] Drissi returned to Sonoma in the 2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350 for NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing, driving the No. 87 Toyota sponsored by The Wolverine,[17] and drove again for the team at Watkins Glen International with sponsorship promoting The Counselor.[18] In 2014, Drissi returned to NEMCO-JRR in the No. 66 Toyota with sponsorship from Hercules.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Drissi is the owner of a Hollywood advertising agency that produces film displays for promoting upcoming films in cinemas.[2] He is married to Lacy Livingston Drissi.[1]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "About Tomy Drissi". Tomy Drissi official website. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Adams, Bruce (July 27, 2003). "L.A. driver does his speeding legally now". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, CA. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Tomy Drissi". American Le Mans Series. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  4. ^ McCurdy, Rob (August 7, 2011). "Slick day at Mid-Ohio". Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, OH). Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  5. ^ "Kane, Al Masaood win American Le Mans Baltimore Grand Prix". Sports Car Illustrated. Treasure Island, FL. September 3, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  6. ^ "Tomy Drissi - NASCAR Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  7. ^ "News And Notes - NAPA Auto Parts 200 At Montreal". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. August 24, 2010. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  8. ^ a b "Said, Drissi to drive at Sonoma". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. July 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  9. ^ Resshaw, Kaye (July 21, 2011). "Chris Evans and Tomy Drissi heading to Portland with BMR". RacingWest. Thousand Oaks, CA. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  10. ^ "NASCAR-Pro West-Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125 Results". ESPN. July 24, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  11. ^ Pistone, Pete (June 23, 2011). "Road course ringers invade Sonoma". Eye on NASCAR. CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  12. ^ "Drissi joins RWR in alignment with Max Q Motorsport in Sprint Cup Series". Rick Ware Racing. June 21, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  13. ^ Shacklette, Buddy (June 25, 2011). "Hired guns on the road again for NASCAR". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Daytona Beach, FL. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  14. ^ Adamczyk, Jay. "#37 Team News and Links". Jayski.com. ESPN. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  15. ^ Pilgrim, Andy (June 28, 2011). "There were some drivers, believe it or not, who raced clean throughout...". Andy Pilgrim official website. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  16. ^ Coble, Don (June 19, 2012). "NASCAR notebook: Concerns grow as speeds top 200 mph barrier at Michigan". Athens Banner-Herald. Athens, GA. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  17. ^ DiZinno, Tony (2013-06-20). "NASCAR’s Sonoma 2013 road course ringers, analyzed". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  18. ^ "Tomy Drissi in NEMCO No. 87 at The Glen". Rotoworld. NBC Sports. August 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  19. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (June 19, 2014). "Hercules’ next battle will be against 42 NASCAR drivers". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Klaus Graf
(2005)
SCCA Trans-Am Series Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Tony Ave