Atterbury Charges to the Front Before Bumper Woes Take Mitchum Motorsports Out of Contention WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 5, 2010) - Joey Atterbury, starting from the 13th spot on the grid, charged to the front of the field at the drop of the green ...
Atterbury Charges to the Front Before Bumper Woes Take Mitchum Motorsports Out of Contention
WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 5, 2010) - Joey Atterbury, starting from the 13th spot on the grid, charged to the front of the field at the drop of the green flag. Atterbury went three wide into turn one picking up several spots while expertly navigating his way through a lap one incident at the bus stop chicane - by the time he had completed lap one he was in 5th position. Several laps later Atterbury made his way past another car for 4th place.
Atterbury was laying down fast and consistent laps for the entire stint and came in under the first full-course caution for fuel, tires and a driver swap. David Murry took over the driving duties but unfortunately the car was slow to refire and rejoined just outside the top 10, behind several cars that didn't pit.
Murry was back on pace immediately and picked up a number of spots before the Camaro's rear bumper started to peel away. A GRAND-AM mandated stop for repairs put the team a lap down. Unfortunately the quick fix didn't hold and eventually the bumper completely tore off, necessitating another stop for repairs due to the brake lights being integrated into the bumper, effectively ending all hope of getting back on the lead lap. The #62 Camaro finished the race in 22nd place.
Atterbury was pleased with the pace of the car but understandably disappointed with the final results. "It was a crazy start with cars going three and four wide into turn one. I took the inside line and was able to hold it through turn two", said Atterbury. "The bus stop was a mess but I picked my way through and was up to 5th position by the time I got back to the start/finish. Unfortunately we didn't get the final results we wanted but I am pleased that we showed well in the first part of the race."
Mitchum Motorsports team principle Chris Mitchum shared Atterbury's sentiments. "It was a disappointing finish after a very promising start. Joey drove the wheels of the car and made some great moves to pick up spots. He really showed maturity behind the wheel with patience and consistent laps", noted Mitchum.
Team Mitchum Motorsports is headed back to Richmond to get the Camaro ready for the next round of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio on June 19th.