GRAND-AM Series: Mitchum At Home At VIR

By Auto News Log • May 13th, 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Mitchum Motorsports has extra incentives to do well in Saturday’s Bosch Engineering 200 at Virginia International Raceway.

The reason: it’s the team’s home track.

A two-car Chevrolet Camaro stable, Mitchum – based in Virginia Beach, Va. – heads to the track seeking its first career victory in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Being so close to the track and taking advantage of testing time at the 3.27-mile facility, team owner Chris Mitchum sees no reason his team can’t put together a solid pairing of results, albeit the pressure of running in front of friends and family.

“With so many supporters in the area, this is definitely one of my favorite stops on the GRAND-AM schedule”, said Mitchum. “This is one of the few races my wife and two children get to watch in person so it makes it extra special for me personally.”

Defending series Street Tuner champion Lawson Aschenbach and co-driver Joey Atterbury are also mid-Atlantic drivers who have teamed up to drive the No. 62 Rock Star Energy Drink/Sunoco Chevrolet Camaro. Aschenbach recently moved back to Maryland after several years in Florida, while Atterbury relocated from Washington state to Chesapeake, Va., in the winter months to be closer to the team’s shop.

The team’s other car, the No. 6 Sunoco Chevrolet Camaro, will be co-piloted by Jeff Bucknum and Robert Stout. Bucknum made his series debut at VIR in 2009, which was then the season finale for the Continental Tire Challenge. It also marked the first race for the redesigned, new generation Camaro, which had gone out of production during a short span of years earlier in the decade.

While it has been five weeks since the last Continental Tire Challenge race – April 9 at Barber Motorsports Park that saw both cars involved in a single mid-race incident – Mitchum has stayed busy. Several drivers competed in spec Miata cars to stay fresh, and Atterbury participated in VIR’s media day last week, talking to media members about the track, and competing in a go-kart event against them.

“Our team had a blast during the month off, running a few spec Miata’s and having tasted the champagne as a team we are energized to find the podium in the Continental Tire Challenge,” Mitchum said. “Everyone wants to put their best foot forward in front of all or our local supporters so watch for us high on the timing charts.”

Source: GRAND-AM Road Racing


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