Daytona24: Mitchum Motorsports qualifying report

Mitchum Motorsports Qualifies 3 Cars for Season Openers at Daytona: Porsche 911 for Rolex 24 and 2 Chevrolet Camaros for Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge

Daytona Beach, FL (January 27, 2011) - Mitchum Motorsports qualified three cars for this weekend's GRAND-AM races at Daytona International Speedway. Joey Atterbury qualified the #6.2 Chevrolet Camaro 21st while Robert Stout qualified the #6 sister car in 26th for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GRAND-AM 200. Randy Pobst Qualified the #86 GT class Porsche 21st for the Rolex 24. The GRAND-AM 200 will start Friday at 1:30 PM EST followed by the Rolex 24 on Saturday January 29th at 3:30 PM EST.

All three cars struggled during qualifying to find they speed they previously showed, both in practice and at the test days earlier this month. Team Principal Chris Mitchum took the day in stride and is looking forward to the remaining practice sessions for both series. "It was a tough day. We fought through mechanical issues on all three cars and the #6 car was hit on track in an earlier session, which clearly put us a little behind. We didn't qualify where we should have, but we have several practice sessions prior to the races that we will take advantage of to get back up to speed", said Mitchum. "The Continental tire race is 2.5 hours long so we have time to move up and all four of our drivers are very capable of racing through the field. It is up to us to give them the cars they need."

The grueling Rolex 24, a twice around the clock endurance race, is about staying out of trouble and being consistent. "Joey, Randy, Cooper (MacNeil) and Derek (Whitis) are on the same page when it comes to the game plan for the race", added Mitchum. "Stay clean, don't force anything and keep the car on the track. If we stick to that plan we'll be in great shape for the race."

Mitchum continued, "This weekend is a true test of a championship caliber team. Not everything always goes right when it comes to racing but to win championships you need to recover. We'll do that this weekend and work toward the season goal, a championship."

Friday's Continental Tire race is the first of the 2011 season, and marks the beginning of what the team hopes to be a championship run. With Atterbury and Aschenbach sharing one car and Bucknum and Stout in the other, Mitchum Motorsports has put themselves in the best possible position to compete for podiums and to win the championship.

-source: mitchum motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Randy Pobst , Joey Atterbury , Robert Stout