Chris Cook took the No. 37 Rise Of The Planet of The Apes Ford in NASCAR's to a 27th place finish at last weekend's Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Stepping in for Tomy Drissi, Cook drove an outstanding race keeping the No. 37 car on the lead lap.
Citing there had not been enough time to properly prepare, Drissi made a decision prior to the race to turn the car over to Cook. Joining Rick Ware and Larry Gunselman is the next step in Tomy's participation in NASCAR. Looking toward upcoming road course events and possibly some premier oval track dates as well, Tomy and the team felt it was important to take the time and do it right.
"We really tried to do too much in too little time," noted Tomy. "As a driver, you have to realize that it's not just about you and what you want to do. There are a lot of people working hard and looking for results for their efforts. I wanted to make sure our sponsors, Rise Of The Planet of The Apes and Muscle Milk were given the best exposure possible."
"I also want to carry my weight with the team," Tomy continued. "Rick Ware (Rick Ware Racing) and Larry Gunselman (Max Q Motorsports) have put a lot of effort toward bringing me into the program. I want to be sure I'm prepared. They deserve only my best effort. Now we'll have the time to test properly and get acclimated to this form of racing."
Just off an outstanding 2nd place finish with the ALMS at Long Beach, Tomy will next drive the #89 Intersport Racing LMPC in the American Le Mans Series New England Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park July 6-7. He'll then start working toward the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Watkins Glen and Montreal later in the season. Additionally, Drissi will race the 50th running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, an event he has wanted to race his entire career but not had the right opportunity until now.
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón after its traditional break for the 24 Hours of Le Mans returns for Round 3, the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, on July 9. The race will be shown live and in its entirety on ESPN3.com in the United States and internationally on americanlemans.com starting at 1:05 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will provide television coverage from 1 to 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 10.
Tomy Drissi is an American driver and Trans Am Champion. His driver experience includes ALMS, Trans-Am, NASCAR and Speed World Challenge. Born December 9 in Hollywood, California, Tomy owns an advertising firm that produces upcoming film displays for cinemas. Drissi's first racing experience in motorsports was street racing on Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills. His professional racing career highlights include; 1999 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year, 2000 Trans-Am BBS Most Improved Driver, 2000 Trans-Am Crew of the Year and Trans-Am Champion. In 2010 Tomy competed in Trans-Am competing in 7 rounds and taking 1 win, 1 pole, 3 podiums, 4 Top Fives, 7 Top Tens; He also competed in the American Le Mans Series LMP1 class at Mid-Ohio finishing 3rd. Tomy is married to Lacy Livingston Drissi.