Mitchum Cars Finish 10th & 19th

Difficult Race Yields Mixed Results for the Two Car Camaro Team

  Leads, AL (April 9, 2011) – The Mitchum Motorsports team cars persevered through a tough race at Barber Motorsport Park, finishing well ahead of their starting positions. The #6 car, driven by Jeff Bucknum and Robert Stout, finished 10th and the #62 car, driven by Joey Atterbury and Lawson Aschenbach, finished 19th. Starting from the back of the field, both cars showed great speed throughout the race, proving to the large crowd assembled for the combined GRAND-AM / INDYCAR race weekend that the Camaros can compete in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Atterbury drove the first stint in the #62 car, and charged from 27th to 8th before turning the car over to Aschenbach. Unfortunately, the car clipped an air hose while in for service after overshooting the pit box and was given a stop and go penalty. Aschenbach was then forced to work his way through the field again. He raced his way into the top five before pitting again for tires and then late in the race, with the car inside the top 15, a multi-car incident severely damaged the car, forcing a pit stop for repairs. Aschenbach continued on, making the best of an ill handling car - holding on to a top 20 finish.

The #6 car had an adventurous race as well. Bucknum started the race and pitted early for a driver change. Stout took over and drove an impressive stint in the car on old tires, keeping the car in the top ten, before turning the car over to Bucknum again. Jeff once again drove the car forward, despite losing its rear bumper late in the race, earning the team a 10th place finish.

“We knew it was going to be a demanding race for us given our starting positions”, said team principal Chris Mitchum. “I am really impressed with the whole team, everyone put in maximum effort – drivers and crew – to get the best results we could today. Robert drove incredibly in very hot conditions with old tires, keeping the #6 car in the race. Jeff jumped back in the car and earned the team another top ten finish.”

“The #62 car had a more challenging race. The combination of the pit stop penalty, unavoidable contact penalty and the damage definitely knocked us back a few spots. It’s disappointing for everyone involved with the program to not get the results from the #62 that we felt like we could achieve today, but it is not from a lack of effort”, added Mitchum. “I have to thank the entire crew. They never gave up today. They kept fighting and their experience showed during the stop when Lawson came in damaged. Quick work got him back on track without losing a lap - which preserved the top 20 finish.”

“This is a low grip track and the team worked hard all weekend getting the cars to perform”, noted Atterbury. “I want to thank each and everyone on the team for working so hard to give me a fast car. I’m disappointed about our finishing spot but at the same time really pleased with the performance of the team.”

The next race for the Mitchum Camaros is at VIR on May 14th. After three round the #6 car currently sits 13th in the season long championship and the #62 is 14th.

Watch the race broadcast on SPEED TV on Saturday April 16th at 2:00pm and follow Mitchum Motorsports throughout the season at www.mitchum.ms.
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