Tomy Drissi – a winner in 2018 for Burtin Racing at Watkins Glen and Indianapolis – has signed a new two-year deal to drive for the Georgia-based team through 2020.
In committing his future to Burtin Racing, reigning Western Trans Am champion Drissi is teaming up with an outfit whose development of and progress with the Chevrolet Camaro in Trans Am has gone from strength to strength. Indeed, heading into the 2019 season, Burtin is seen as the top Chevrolet competitor in the series.
Last year, Burtin Racing ran two cars through a full Trans Am series for the first time, Drissi partnering another two-time 2018 race winner, Lawrence Loshak. As the season progressed, so did Burtin Racing, winning races on both coasts, breaking track records, and pushing the Camaro badge to the front of the field.
“The Rockin’ Moroccan” (so nicknamed for his father’s Marrakesh ancestry), Drissi won races for Burtin at two of America’s most iconic Motorsport arenas – Indianapolis and Watkins Glen. The win at Indianpolis, together with second-place finishes at Fontana and Sonoma and a third-place finish at Portland, was enough to secure him the 2018 West Coast Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli.
Drissi’s win at Watkins Glen spearheaded a historic finish for Burtin Racing, with Drissi leading home teammate Loshak at the checkered flag – the first 1-2 finish for a Trans-Am team at The Glen since 1995.
Thanks to Drissi’s Hollywood connections, his No. 8 Burtin Racing Camaro was wrapped in a spectacular “The Predator” livery at The Glen, drawing much attention from fans on a blockbuster opening weekend for the feature film. In 2019, look forward to more movie-themed liveries on the Burtin Racing Chevrolet.
Drissi is clearly looking forward to developing his relationship with Burtin Racing, and aiming for more success in 2019: “I’m thrilled to know I’ll be driving for Claudio and the Burtin Racing team for the next couple of seasons. This team has been absolutely incredible to work with, and I feel confident we can win more races and another championship together.”
Team owner Claudio Burtin was equally delighted with the extended agreement: “Tomy had a great year in 2018, and this season we will be aiming for even better. He’s a true professional and a champion driver. We’re really looking forward to next season and are making the most of our winter prep and planning to get ready.”
The Trans Am Race Company has announced a schedule comprised of 11 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli race events in 2019, with many of the 2018 venues and dates returning and the finale once again at Daytona International Speedway. The updated competition calendar will feature two key additions: Trans Am’s return to Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park and the series’ first headline at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca since 2004.
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