Mitchum Heads West to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

GS.R Camaros to Tackle Famed Corkscrew for 1st Time Virginia Beach, VA (July 6, 2011) The Mitchum Motorsports GS.R Chevrolet Camaros are loaded in the team hauler heading west to California and the historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca race track for round eight of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. The two car team currently sits 9th (#6 car) and 12th (#62 car) in points for the season championship.

  Jeff Bucknum and Robert Stout, drivers of the #6 car, are looking to follow-up the team’s best performance at Road America, where they qualified 2nd and finished 4th, with another run up front. Bucknum the veteran and Stout the rookie have formed a strong bond as teammates and complement each other’s driving styles – and the results have confirmed that. With four top ten finished in the first eight rounds including a top five, the duo has proved to be a force to be reckoned with.

  Joey Atterbury and Lawson Aschenbach have teamed up for three top ten finishes so far this season, despite several unlucky breaks at some tracks where the #62 car was in a position to race for the lead. Atterbury and Aschenbach look to put their bad luck behind them and score their first podium of the year at Mazda Raceway.

  “The cars are ready to go after a quick turnaround in Virginia Beach. The #62 car suffered some damage at Road America so we needed to alter our plans and bring the hauler back home after the race instead of sending it directly out to California. We were able to complete all the preparations ahead of schedule, thanks in large part to Integrity Collision Center going above and beyond. And thanks to the hard work by the guys in the shop, everything was loaded and on the road Friday in order to have a couple of extra days for the trip across the country,” said team principal Chris Mitchum. “This is the second race in a row where none of the teams have any real data or setups to go with. The series hasn’t been here for a few years and the track has been repaved - which levels the playing field a bit – everyone will be looking for speed once they hit the track on Thursday. I feel like with the progress we have made over the last several races we will be in good shape at this track.”

  “GRAND-AM continues to do a good job of keeping the racing competitive – there were three Camaros running up front at Road America right alongside the Mustangs and BMWs, which is great for the series,” added Mitchum. “We are so close to getting on the podium, we just need to make sure we are firing on all cylinders and run a perfect race – drivers, strategy, pit stops, everything. I have complete faith in my team so don’t be surprised to see us running up front again this weekend.”
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