Longtime sports car racing driver Tomy Drissi has been suspended from Trans-Am competition for one year following his actions in last month’s round at Mid-Ohio.
The Californian, making a one-off appearance in a ‘Straight Outta Compton’-sponsored Corvette, was involved in numerous incidents in the Next Dimension 100 race, including multiple collisions with championship leader Amy Ruman.
A CBS Sports Network recap of the race can be found Here.
“As a result of Mr. Drissi’s actions at Mid-Ohio which spanned multiple incidents,” said James Foyle, Trans Am Series Chief Steward.
“The Trans Am Series ruled to disqualify Mr. Drissi from the race, strip him of his finish and any points earned, and issue the maximum suspension allowed by our rules— one calendar year.”
Drissi’s Trans-Am suspension does not affect his participation in other sports car series, such as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, where he is a frequent competitor.
Drissi issued the following statement late Friday:
“Several weeks ago, at the Trans Am race in Mid-Ohio, I did what all racers lecture themselves not to do; I let my emotions get the better of me.
“Regardless of how or why I found myself in that position, it should never have happened. For that, I can’t apologize enough.
“My fellow competitors, my family, friends, and the entire racing community deserve better from me. My behavior was completely unacceptable.
“In light of the penalties issued, I accept full responsibility. I respect the rules and ruling, and I respect the decision Trans Am Racing officials made.
“Please know, this entire incident weighs heavily on me. My apology is heartfelt and sincere. I’m fully aware that my behavior was unacceptable and it will not happen again.
“I hope those of you that have supported me in the past, can see your way clear to supporting me in the future. For those who can’t, I understand.
“Either way, I will work hard to regain your trust and the confidence of my fellow competitors.”