Veteran Trans-Am series driver Tomy Drissi and his team, Burtin Racing, plan to honor America’s veterans and troops at a pre-race event this week in Southern Virginia.
The 1999 Trans-Am rookie of the year and 2009 series champ is helping spread the word about Thursday’s “Shootout Social At The Range” — a family-oriented BBQ target shooting event with local veterans ahead of the Trans-Am Series race this weekend at Virginia International Raceway.
The event, which is open to the public, will feature former Special Forces members who will be on hand to help train folks on how to shoot firearms. The target shooting event will mark their first annual event that the team hopes will bring more awareness to veterans and veteran-related issues.
“We’re going to be starting off the race weekend with a BBQ and then we’re going to do some target practice,” Drissi told Breitbart News Sunday host Amanda House. “But I think the most important thing is there’s going to be the veterans, the Special Forces.”
“Deployment Cigars and Racing for Heroes [are also] involved – they are both very active in supporting the vets – along with a lot of us drivers,” he continued. “So, we’re just really proud to … party [with], and sit down, and speak with the people who support us and protect us. We’re just honored.”
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Drissi also noted that he is particularly proud of the sport of Trans-Am racing because the sport is truly “made in America.”
“The cars are built by America teams. The mechanics, they live here. The parts that are being made, American engines. I get chills, right now, when someone says, ‘hey, you know, can you have the American flag and the Armed Forces ride on your car with you?’ … [They are] why we get to race.”
According to Burtin Racing, every one of its Trans-Am drivers has the American flag on his car, suit, or helmet.
“When we get a chance to honor the troops, [our response is] anytime, any place, anywhere.”
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