Mitchum Scores Top Ten Finish at Scorching New Jersey Motorsports Park

#62 Camaro Finishes 8th, #6 Camaro Fights Back to 16th After Heat Induced Mechanical Problem Joey Atterbury and Lawson Aschenbach scored Mitchum Motorsports’ 7th top ten finish of the season in Saturday’s GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at New Jersey Motorsports Park by finishing 8th. Atterbury led the race briefly before turning the car over to Aschenbach mid way through the 2.5 hour race. Unfortunately for the team, as he worked his back through the field, Aschenbach was involved in a two car incident which resulted in a stop-and-go penalty for avoidable contact, which put the car well back in the order. Eighth place was as far forward as the #62 would make it despite a hard charge for the final 40 minutes of the race.

The #6 sister car suffered a different fate when the excessive heat – over 100 degree air temperature – caused an issue under the hood that necessitated a lengthy pit stop putting the car several laps down. Robert Stout had raced all the way to third position after starting 9th before the car stumbled and required a tow to the garage. The crew worked feverishly to enact the repair so Jeff Bucknum could take to the track and salvage championship points. Ultimately, the #6 car finished in 16th position.

Team principal Chris Mitchum was once again thrilled with the crew’s performance during the race but disappointed by the results. “My crew guys did a fantastic job all weekend. Through the heat they worked late into the evening repairing the #6 car after some car contact on the promoter test day and continued through the rest of the race

weekend, making changes before, during and after each session, trying to give our drivers the best cars possible,” said Mitchum. “The guys were spot on and during the race they worked overtime as we were doing tires and fuel for two additional ST teams. After Laguna I told my guys ‘that was the best I had ever seen a crew perform’. They one upped themselves here in NJ even with the heat.

“The #62 car had the pace to be on the podium and maybe fight for the win. We had the right strategy and were working back through the field knowing that most of the cars ahead of us still needed to pit for fuel. We made a mistake on track and the entire team paid the price for it,” continued Mitchum. “We live and die as a team so I am really disappointed for the guys that worked so hard all weekend.

“Robert had a great stint going in the #6 car until the heat took its toll on the car. He continues to impress me as a driver,” added Mitchum. “He has done everything we have asked of him and gotten faster and faster each race weekend.

“Both cars had great race pace, just like we thought they would so our finishing positions are particularly hard to swallow. When you work so hard in such extreme conditions you really want to reap the rewards. It just wasn’t meant to be.”
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