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Mar232017

Drissi Makes West Coast Appearance at Willow Springs in TransAm West Coast Championships

With the first round of the 2017 Trans Am West Championship presented by Pirelli scheduled to kick off at Willow Springs on March 26, Tomy Drissi will campaign the No. 8 Ghost in the Shell, Tony Ave Racing prepared Corvette. The southern California road course will feature an exciting weekend of Trans Am racing and vintage SVRA cars in high powered mix of vintage and modern motor racing.

After a nearly decade long absence, the iconic rumble of Trans Am engines makes its long-awaited return to the West Coast.  A stand-alone competition, the Trans Am West Coast Championship will have its own points championship and will be independent of the Trans Am Championship—which is held primarily on tracks throughout the East Coast, Midwest and South.  With the addition of a West Coast Championship, Trans Am aims to regenerate a historically vibrant competitor community on both professional and SCCA Club levels.  

Fresh off his second place finish at the series season opener in Sebring, Tomy is excited to continue the great start to his season. As far as taking TransAm back out west, well that’s just a bonus.

“I’m excited to be racing TransAm again,” said Tomy. “But coming out west… driving TransAm out west… that’s just too cool. Our weekend in Sebring reminded me of how much fun TransAm cars are, and when they told me about the TransAm West Championship, it was a no-brainer. It was like the black jack dealer dealing 11, you double down.”

"I love Willow Springs,” added Tomy. "I was racing here back in the 90’s …some great vintage races with great cars, great friends…  just so many memories. Bill Huth and his family always treated me so well… they are huge supporters of mine, so this place is pretty special.”

Trans Am will partner in the endeavor with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), as it does for many of its events in the Trans Am Championship.  The Series will continue with the format of 100-mile sprint races and will enforce a modified version of the 2016 Trans Am rulebook while staffing the events with core members of the Trans Am Series staff, including the Series’ Technical Director and Chief Steward.  

No stranger to vintage racing, Tomy was recently named VARA’s fist Hall of Fame inductee.

“I’m really looking forward to catching up with the SVRA and VARA folks,” added Tomy. “There are a lot of good people involved and a lot of really cool cars. VARA recently honored me as their first inductee to the VARA Hall of Fame… that completely blew me away. This is going to be a fun weekend.”

Tomy was also honored by TransAm at Sebring International Raceway in recognition of a milestone in his career, his 100th TransAm career start. Tomy ran  his first TransAm race at Long Beach in 1999, driving a Ford Mustang Cobra. Drissi was the Top Rookie of the race. Exactly one year later, Tomy tore up the streets of Long Beach taking his first TransAm win, again in a Ford Mustang. He has since gone on to take three wins, 29 top-5s and 60 top-10s… an amazing tribute to Tomy’s consistency. In 2009, Tomy was crowned TransAm Champion.

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