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Mitchum Earns Top 10 at Season Finale Anthony, Jr and Atterbury Finish Season Strong Tooele, UT (September 11, 2010) - The ...

Mitchum Earns Top 10 at Season Finale
Anthony, Jr and Atterbury Finish Season Strong

Tooele, UT (September 11, 2010) - The #6.2 Mitchum Motorsports Camaro driven by Joey Atterbury and Ted Anthony, Jr, earned its third top ten finish of the season in the GRAND-AM Continental Sports Car Challenge. This weekend's race marks the end of a successful season in which Mitchum Motorsports returned to GRAND-AM competition.

The Riley Technologies built Camaro debuted this season in GRAND-AM and Mitchum Motorsports took to the challenge of developing the new car as well as several young, talented drivers. As the season progressed so did the performance of the car and drivers, as evidenced by the tenth place finish at Miller Motorsports Park.

"The car, drivers and crew were at the peak of their game today. We qualified well in fourth and took the lead when Ted (Anthony, Jr) passed Matt Bell just before our pit stop", team principal Chris Mitchum said. "We had an unbelievable pit stop and Joey was working his way back up through the field before we were taken out by the 06 car. It is really disappointing to have such a strong run ruined by a sister Camaro."

Anthony, Jr, who qualified and started in fourth position, drove the car to the front of the field before turning the car over to Atterbury. "The car was perfect this afternoon and it showed. I made the pass for P1 just before pitting and gave Joey a car that was in great shape", said Anthony. "To see Joey get taken out by another Camaro was awful, however I am pretty sure the rest of the field took notice of the #6.2. We'll be a force to be reckoned with in 2011."

Atterbury took over from Anthony about mid-way through the 2.5 hour race and was working his way through the field before an incident in turn one knocked him back to 18th. He was able to recover, work his way through the field again and eventually finish 10th. While not the finish the Camaro was headed for, it was still a solid run for the season finale.

"Ted (Anthony, Jr) drove an amazing race. To see the #6.2 leading the race on the timing and scoring screen was fantastic. Unfortunately we didn't get the finish the team deserved" said Atterbury. "Like Ted said, the car was perfect today. I was making my way through the field and out of nowhere I was punted off the track. I was able to get back on track and pick up quite a few spots, but I have to think what would have been if not for the contact. I am still pleased with a top ten finish and we will definitely be back next season stronger than ever."

Mitchum reflected on the 2010 season as a whole and the effort the entire team put into the program. "This year was very successful from a developmental perspective. The car, crew and drivers have grown tremendously this season and I couldn't be prouder. Joey and Ted are rising stars in our sport and it's been an honor to have worked with them", said Mitchum. "We have overcome some pretty serious setbacks including a car fire and a blown motor but we always bounce back. We proved once again that we are a top running car and we'll take that into next season."

-source: mitchum motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Joey Atterbury , Matt Bell