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Tomy Drissi in No. 20 Fox Networks Group Prototype Finishes 5th at Season Ending Petit Le Mans

Fighting like champions to the very end, Tomy Drissi and the BAR1 Motorsports team finished 5th in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series’ Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Starting 3rd on the grid, one of three cars occupying 3/100ths of a second split, Drissi, Johnny Mowlem, Don Yount and the entire BAR1 crew, bounced back from set-back after set-back. When the checkered flag drop on the 10 hour race, the team brought home the car in one piece just two spots short of last year’s podium finish.

Splitting the driving duties equally, Drissi, Mowlem and Yount were well aware they had a fast car. But they were equally aware that there were two other cars fast enough to occupy the same piece of real estate on the track. This was not a 10 hour endurance race… it was to be a 10 hour sprint.

Drissi weighed in with his thoughts on the race.

“Johnny did an amazing job of getting us qualified… we really thought he’d won the pole. But a couple other cars had the same thing in mind. I’ve never seen it that tight. We were definitely having to drive on the bleeding edge.”

“Of course all of us knew this was Johnny’s last IMSA race,” added Tomy. “No one wanted to talk about it, but we all were trying to find a little extra to give him a good send off. Even though we couldn’t pull of the win, I know Johnny knew we were all in… I know he appreciated the fight that everyone put forth. I think everyone on the team can be proud of the effort. It was a battle.”

Still healing from a shoulder injury, Tomy reflected on his season and some unexpected challenges.

“While I’ve enjoyed some amazing events in my personal life,” noted Tomy, “I’m looking toward being more consistent in 2017. I missed Sebring and Watkins Glen, both races I truly enjoy. And while I had high hopes for my NASCAR efforts, the on-track incident at the Glen really put a damper on things. The shoulder seems to be fully healed, but not being able to work out became an issue at Petit. I was fine… but I could tell I was out of shape. Fortunately, I’ll be able to get back on my regular routine. Speaking of the injury, I can’t get over the care and concern I received from everyone. Not only friends and family, but NASCAR was continuously in touch we me checking on my health.”

“I want to thank the Fox Networks Group for their support at Petit,” added Tomy. “They were a great partner to have on the car and hopefully we can do more together in 2017.”

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