Tomy Drissi and Ice Age 3 / Continental Drift Descend on Lime Rock Park for Northeast Grand Prix
With the American Le Mans Series season break in the rear view mirror, Tomy Drissi is ready to get back behind the wheel of the RSR No. 9 LMPC prototype. Bringing along Scrat, Manny, Diego and Sid and the rest of the Ice Age 3 cast of characters, Tomy and the RSR crew see the July 7th. Northeast Grand Prix and Lime Rock Park as a great opportunity to ride the momentum of their second place podium finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Not one to sit around, Tomy has been keeping himself busy during the six week respite. Tomy made an appearance in the TruSpeed Porsche at the Detroit Grand Prix and made his debut appearance in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series at the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
“No rest for the wicked,” laughed Tomy discussing his other racing ventures. “Those two races are too much fun to pass up and I just can’t sit around. Back in my Trans Am days, the Detroit Grand Prix was one of the highlights of the season. It was great to go back there. Then when Tommy Baldwin offered us the chance to bring the Ice Age 3 / Continental Drift to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup race at Sonoma, there was no way I was going to pass that up. That was a great opportunity for me and great exposure for Ice Age 3.”
But now it’s back to business trying to win an ALMS championship for RSR in the Series’ LMPC division. While the team had a tough go in the first two rounds, their second place finish at Laguna Seca could be the catalyst they need as the Series heads into a compressed seven race / four month schedule.
“We’ve definitely got our work cut out for us,” noted Tomy. “But I’ve got a lot of confidence in my co-driver, Bruno Junquiera and in the RSR team. I’m hoping we’ve got all the bad luck behind us and we can mount a solid run up to the championship. We’re coming into the part of the season that was very good for me in 2011, so I’m hoping to keep things moving in the right direction.
Given the track is only 1.53 miles in length, featuring only seven mostly right-hand corners, the ALMS mix of 30+ prototype and GT cars lapping in well under a minute, the big challenge facing ALMS drivers is traffic. There’s never a dull moment. While technically challenging, the natural terrain course boasts some of the fastest speeds in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Average qualifying and race speeds are well in excess of 100 mph.
“This is a track that demands 110%,” said Drissi. “With the varying closing speeds among the four classes, you have to be aware of everything going on around you. You think you’d have a breather coming down the hill and onto the front straight away, but that’s probably not going to happen. You’re going to have a slower car in front of you and an LMP1 car behind you… you’ve got to be on your game.”