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Mitchum Finishes 4th at Road America

Stout and Bucknum Combine for Team's Best Finish

Elkhart Lake, WI (June 25, 2011) The #6 Mitchum Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro finished Friday’s GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Road America 200 in 4th position, a season high for the two car team. Robert Stout qualified 2nd and started in the car with Jeff Bucknum taking over mid-way through the 2.5 hour race. Both drivers battled up front for the entire race with Stout leading several laps early on. Unfortunately, a massive accident with 25 minutes to go caused heavy damage to the track safety barriers which required significant repairs and the race ended under caution. Bucknum was unable to race the leaders in the closing minutes and settled for 4th.

The #62 sister car driven by Joey Atterbury and Lawson Aschenbach didn’t catch any brakes in the race despite qualifying 4th. An early off track incident while leading the race put the car at the tail end of the lead lap and later a wire worked loose from the alternator, forcing an extended pit stop and putting the car several laps down. Even with setting the car’s fastest lap after the repairs, the 62 was too many laps down to match the finish of the 6 car and ended the race in 16th.

“Robert and Jeff put on a great show today. Robert lead the race and Jeff drove through the field after he took over in the car,” said team principal Chris Mitchum. “We called the right strategy for sure today. We just couldn’t plan for the extensive track repairs from the last incident. Jeff was biding his time, waiting to race the lead cars in the final laps. I’ll put my money on Jeff any day in a close battle - it’s just too bad he didn’t get the opportunity to race for the win.”

Overall, it was the best Continental Tire race for GM and Chevrolet, with the Stevenson Camaro getting the win – the first for a Riley GS.R. “I want to congratulate the entire Stevenson team for a great race. They are great competitors and we raced each other hard today”, added Mitchum. “It is awesome to see multiple Camaros running at the front of the field. With all that GM does for the series they really deserved a win. I’d prefer it to be one of our cars but either way it is good for the racing program. This is our best finish in a Camaro as well so a great day for the team. My boys did everything I could ask for and we are headed in the right direction.”

Team Mitchum’s next race is July 9th and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Be sure to watch the race from Road America in its entirety on Speed TV on July 3rd at 1:00 PM. Visit www.mitchum.ms and the team’s facebook page for race weekend updates and to follow the team all season long.
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