Mitch Pagerey 2009 Patron GT3 Challenge season review Finishes third in Driver's Championship TAVARES, Fla. - In just his rookie season, Alex Job Racing driver Mitch Pagerey, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., made an impression on the Patron ...
Mitch Pagerey 2009 Patron GT3 Challenge season review Finishes third in Driver's Championship
TAVARES, Fla. - In just his rookie season, Alex Job Racing driver Mitch Pagerey, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., made an impression on the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama series by finishing third in the Platinum Cup Driver's Championship.
This season, Pagerey recorded one win (Mosport), seven podiums, 11 top-fives, 12 top-10 finishes, two poles, and set three fastest race laps. These are impressive stats considering that five of the seven tracks the series visited this season were new tracks for Pagerey. His results showed he could learn, adapt and perform quickly on a new track.
"Mosport was my favorite track," Pagerey said. "The funny thing is that everyone who knows me told me I would do well there. Laguna and Road Atlanta seemed to be the hardest to master. Those two tracks require so much time. I'd like to go back and try those again. They are both similar in that with all the elevation changes, many of the corners are blind, plus you really need to drive with patience - which is not exactly my best driving quality."
While Pagerey's self-proclaimed lack of patience might be something to work on in the future, he had several other solid driving qualities that provided some memorable moments this season.
"My first pole at Road America was pretty memorable," Pagerey said. "It was special because we had been bullied two times in the same race and came back to capture the pole for the second race. Alex Job and Phil Pierce kept me focused and gave me a great car.
"My first win at Mosport was certainly a highlight. Alex helped prove that with the proper preparation I had what it took to win, and we did. We got the pole and led every lap.
"Without a doubt, one of the most memorable moments was clinching third place in series championship. We did it in the season finale and it felt like we won. Despite the problems we had, consistency paid off. The AJR team made it possible."
"The win at Mosport was a great and dominant win," Team Owner Alex Job said. "It was probably the most memorable moment this season. But, Mitch had a few others, like charging from the back to the front at Autobahn, where he worked his way through traffic to finish fifth. In the final two races at Laguna, Mitch had to run smart races to finish third in the Championship - which is exactly what he did. He did what experienced professional racers do. He concentrated on the big picture and took every advantage to finish third in the Championship.
"As a rookie, Mitch went up against two of the best racers in the series - Bob Faieta, who has won the series three years in a row, and Martin Snow, who is the most experienced driver in the Championship - and to finish third is pretty remarkable. This year was just the beginning and the foundation for great things to come for Mitch as a driver. I look forward to working with Mitch in the future."