When the checkered flag dropped on the 2011 Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, Tomy Drissi and former teammate Kyle Marcelli found themselves standing on the second spot at the podium in LMPC. In the 2012 version of the annual street fight, Tomy and his new RSR teammate, Bruno Junqueira have their eye on putting the #9 Prometheus The Movie LMPC prototype in the winners circle.
The Long Beach circuit is one that demands precise driving and total concentration. Passing is at a premium as drivers negotiate the tight 1.968 mile concrete canyon.
“I’ve always enjoyed racing Long Beach,” said Tomy. “It’s nice to be home. It’s a great party. And, I’ve had a fair amount of success here. My first professional win was at Long Beach driving in Trans Am.”
“One of our challenges at this race will be traffic,” added Tomy. “On this track, there won’t be that great of a difference between LMPC speeds and the GT cars. You have a little breathing room on the front stretch, but for the most part you’ll have to slice and dice your way through. How you get in and out of the corners will make all the difference in setting up a pass. Then, of course, there are the walls. Consistency and confidence will win this race.”
“We had a quick car at Sebring,” noted the Trans Am Champion. “RSR has had plenty of experience at Long Beach in Indy Car, Trans Am and ALMS. I expect they’ll have Bruno and I up to speed in short order.”
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