Posted (12/16/2010) -
Mitchum Motorsports Enters Rolex 24 at Daytona
Atterbury and Pobst to Drive GT Porsche
Virginia Beach, VA (December 14, 2010) – Mitchum Motorsports has entered the #86 GT Porsche in the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona with drivers Joey Atterbury and Randy Pobst. Atterbury, regular driver of the team’s Chevrolet Camaro in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, will make his Rolex series debut at the Rolex 24 while veteran driver Pobst brings with him two class victories in the historic race.
Team principal Chris Mitchum has spent the off season preparing for both the 2011 Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge and the return to Rolex competition. “I am very excited with the program for the Rolex 24. The pre-season tire testing has allowed everyone to get familiar with the new Continental tires and it's nice to not fall out rhythm like you can in a typical off season. The guys have definitely been busy in the new shop the past few months converting the 2008 GT3 to the updated specs. We have done our own testing and driver development away from the series and that has definitely given us an edge”, said Mitchum. “It's rare to be able to say that the crew and car are ahead of schedule at this point but the reality is we are in a really good spot. We need to remain focused in order to roll into the final test days in Daytona truly prepared.”
“We are very excited about the driver lineup so far with Randy and Joey and are in discussions with a number of very good drivers for the remaining two seats. The Homestead test confirmed that Randy and Joey work well together and a veteran like Randy on the team will be a huge asset”, added Mitchum. “Having the "rocket man" a part of any effort is a plus, but I also feel that we have been able to form a bond between the team and the drivers which will serve us well this season.”
Pobst, who has two previous class wins at the Rolex 24 in Porsches, signed with Mitchum after testing with the team at VIR and Homestead-Miami. "I am thrilled to be a part of the Mitchum Motorsports effort at the Rolex 24 in 2011. After two extensive tests, I am very pleased with the team’s level of organization and positive attitude. Most impressive is the performance of Joey Atterbury, a terrific and smart young driver with whom I feel fortunate to be associated. This team is in a position to not just run this race, but to win it."
Atterbury, who will race for Mitchum Motorsports for the second consecutive season in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, is looking forward to his first Rolex 24. “Entering the Rolex 24 is a lifelong dream of mine. Running the full season in Continental Tire has helped prepare me for the upcoming GRAND-AM seasons as well as the Rolex 24, and sharing the car with Randy is a great opportunity as he brings great experience with him”, said Atterbury. “I have tested with Randy on two separate occasions and it is clear to me that not only is he fast, but more importantly for an endurance race, he is a great teammate.”
Mitchum Motorsports will be on track next in January at the Roar Before the 24 in Daytona for the final test with the #86 Porsche. You can follow live timing and scoring on www.GRAND-AM.com to stay up to speed on the team.
Mitchum Motorsports plans to announce full driver lineups for the Rolex 24 and the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in January. Watch for team news at http://www.mitchum.ms and www.GRAND-AM.com.
About Mitchum Motorsports
Founded in 2001, Mitchum Motorsports competes in multiple professional and club venues, including the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, N.A.S.A, SCCA, and PCA. Mitchum Motorsports returned full time to GRAND-AM competition in 2010 with their #6.2 Chevrolet Camaro GS.R entry and will again be campaigning the Camaro in the Continental series as well as a GT Porsche in the Rolex series for 2011. Team principal Chris Mitchum brings vast experience from both sides of the pit wall from driving, coaching, managing, crew chief and consulting. Team members have more than 30 years of professional motorsport experience from series including GRAND-AM Rolex and Continental Tire, American Le Mans, Trans Am, Firestone Firehawk and IMSA.
Visit www.mitchum.ms for team news throughout the year.
About Joey Atterbury
Joey is competing in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge full time in the #6.2 Mitchum Motorsports GS.R Camaro for the second straight year. In his 2010 rookie season he earned three top ten finishes in the Camaro. In 2011 he will expand his racing to include several Rolex Series races in the team’s GT class Porsche 997, including the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Prior to racing in GRAND-AM, Joey competed in the VW TDI Cup in 2009, where he won rookie of the year honors and finished fourth overall in the standings with multiple podiums and one race victory to his credit. Joey got his start racing in the Pacific Northwest in 2007 where he quickly earned a reputation as a fierce competitor in the Spec Miata class, racking up multiple wins in regional and national races. Joey currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA, close to the teams’ shop where he spends his time staying fit and preparing for his next race. Visit www.joeyatterbury.com for more information.
About Randy Pobst
Randy Pobst is number two on the all-time pro wins list of active road racing drivers. He is a two-time winner at the Rolex 24, both times in Porsches, and has been in the top five at Daytona for most of the last thirteen years. Randy has had factory contracts with Porsche, Audi, and Mazda. He enters 2011 with three driver championships in the last four years in World Challenge GT. Visit www.RandyPobst.com for more information.
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