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Mitchum Motorsports Heads to Lime Rock Park

Team looks to repeat last year’s strong performance Virginia Beach, VA (May 23, 2011) – Mitchum Motorsports heads north to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut this weekend for the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Memorial Day Classic. Team Mitchum scored their highest finish at LRP last year with a solid eight on the short, but technical track.

Returning this year with two cars, expectations are high for drivers and crew alike. “The 62 car ran very well last year here at Lime Rock. Joey (Atterbury) drove a great race and the Camaro worked well on the track,” said team principal Chris Mitchum. “We have a great starting point for the car when we roll it off the hauler, but we have also been continuing to develop the car since last May. We should be even faster this year – so will the competition though. With the recent competition adjustments from GRAND-AM it should be a good race between the Camaros, BMWs and Mustangs.”

Joey Atterbury and Lawson Aschenbach will share the 62 car while Jeff Bucknum and Robert Stout will co-drive the sister 6 car. Atterbury, Aschenbach and Bucknum all have experience at Lime Rock Park while this will be the first trip to the track for Stout who is in his first year of GRAND-AM racing.

The race at Lime Rock Park is a little different than most in the series – due to the short track length the two classes which normally run together are split out into separate races. The GS class, where the Camaros, run will get started at 3:30 pm on Saturday the 28th. The split fields changes the race both in terms of on track racing as well as pit strategy, as caution periods can be shorter without the need to allow for mutli-class pitting.

“We’ll be running a quicker pace since the ST cars won’t be out there and we won’t be dealing with as much traffic. It doesn’t make the racing any easier, just a little different than what everyone is used to,” continued Mitchum.

It is especially important to keep your car(s) out of trouble at Lime Rock, given that the next race in the series is just six days later at Watkins Glen International. “With very little time to prep, let alone repair any damage, we’ll be looking to keep our noses clean so to speak. The entire crew will be staying in New England between the two races with the idea that less travel will mean more refreshed crew and drivers,” added Mitchum.
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