Championship-Chasing Loshak Seeks Hat Trick for Burtin Racing and Drissi Debuts The Grinch Chevrolet Camaro
Austin, TX – October 29, 2018 - As the 2018 Trans Am presented by Pirelli Championship reaches its climax, Lawrence Loshak and the Georgia-based Burtin Racing team have only one thing on their minds – closing in further on remaining points in the upcoming race at the Circuit of The Americas outside Austin, Texas on Sunday, November 4. After wins at the last two races, Burtin Racing is aiming for a notable third straight victory in Round 10.
Loshak produced an imperious display in the No. 2 Pennzoil/ETE/GoShare Chevrolet Camaro the last outing at Virginia International Raceway, notching pole position, leading the race from start-to-finish and setting a new Trans Am track record on the way. That result left the Wisconsin native just five points behind defending champion Ernie Francis.
Loshak's win came hard on the heels of a notable 1-2 for Burtin Racing at Watkins Glen, where it was Tomy Drissi coming out on top with Loshak in close attendance. A win for either driver at COTA would complete a famous hat-trickfor a team who are beginning to feel at home at the front of the grid.
The Burtin Racing Chevrolet Camaro piloted by Loshak heads an entry of 24 cars across the TA, TA3 and TA4 classes who will line-up on the grid together in Texas. The No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro of Tomy Drissi has already garnered a huge amount of attention with displaying the Hollywood driver’s blockbuster hit movie designs with brilliant fashion. He looks to turn heads again at COTA promoting 'The Grinch' movie which is appearing set to become this year's animated Christmas must-see flick!
It promises to be a bumper weekend all around for Burtin Racing with the team also hosting a 'Camaro Corral' at the track on Saturday, November 3 at 10 a.m. The Burtin Racing Camaro Corral is a celebratory gathering of Chevrolet Camaros of every age and vintage, so owners and their friends can attend located at the Grand Plaza. The Camaro has been at the forefront of the American road racing for over fifty years and has been a key competitor in Trans Am since its inception. With the Burtin Racing Chevrolet Camaros setting records and winning races on a regular basis, it is entirely fitting that this great American marque is honored with its own gathering.
“We are going to have an exciting new partner debuting on the car in Texas, The Grinch Unhappy Holidays, which opens in theaters November 9. We think the kids and all the fans no matter what age you are – you will love this car,” stated Tomy Drissi, driver of the No. 8 Burtin Racing Chevrolet Camaro. “Looking forward to going to a beautifully designed race track at COTA, speaking of Formula One, I was so happy for one of my favorite drivers, Kimi Räikkönen to win there a few weeks ago. I will aim to replicate this and add another victory this year in Trans Am. We will be pushing hard – trying to get out front and hoping for my teammate Loshak get that championship. This is great for spectators to come out and be part of the SVRA weekend with Trans Am. We will be putting our Pirelli tires to the test at COTA!”
This weekend's Trans Am races run alongside the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association holding the US Vintage Racing National Championship. Trans Am is set to commence a two weekend stretch to close out 2018 in thrilling form before the season finale at Daytona International Raceway on November 10th.
The TA class at COTA gets underway with qualifying set to begin at 5:10 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The race itself goes green at 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, November 4 and covers 30 laps/102.81 miles of the gleaming, Formula One facility.
Live Timing: All on-track sessions can be followed at www.gotransam.com and on the Race Monitor app available on Windows, Android, iOS and OSX.
Text Commentary: Updates provided throughout sessions on Twitter at @gotransam.